2018 early season update – a Baker’s dozen

Now the sun has been out for more than a couple of minutes these past few weeks it's been easier to get a handle on where the choughs are at this breeding season. All last year's six successful pairs have got through the winter and are well into their breeding routine at usual sites. Let's just double that shall we for 2018? Yes, we are pleased to report that the chough team have been watching 16 pairs since early March and it's looking like at least 13 of these already have young chicks, which is a real upward spike for the breeding population! Although we have no idea as yet how many chicks are in those nests, it should be more than in previous years.
Image by Jess Wardlaw - two of this year's north coast pairs