Below is a lovely note from Frank who lives in west Clare in Ireland. He has choughs nesting in one of his outbuildings and contacted us last year for advice on how to keep his cat away from the chough's nest. Last year the choughs there fledged two young, this year they have three. And the cat is behaving itself.
"I hope this message finds you well and in good spirits and that your Chough nesting season is progressing well. I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that our family of Choughs has just expanded from 2 to 5 over the last week and now we have 5 choughs flying about with the three chicks getting flying lessons from mum and dad every day. In order to make it safer from them this year I blocked up 15 entrance ways to the building, and although the cat could still get in if he was pretty committed to doing so, it's difficult for him to make it in there now and I've not seen him in the building at all over the past few months. So it looks like the choughs had 3 chicks and all three started flying about a week ago and they're all able to fly pretty well by now so I'm confident we'll get them all to maturity without any casualties, at least not from the resident cat. I'll send you a picture once I get all 5 together. Mum and Dad still go flying together without the three chicks, but all 5 come out occasionally and have a fly about."