Benefits for all
I was, I admit, a little lax in packing away all of my raptor deterrents after last season, leaving one yellow oilskin hooded jacket hanging from a tree. I was about to relocate it before delivery of this season’s poults when I noticed a wren had made a nest inside the hood.
We are only a small shoot and do not have the luxury of a full-time keeper, hence the necessity to use hoppers for our birds when they start moving around. Again, it was while moving one of these when I noticed that a robin had built its nest between the hopper handle and the lid.
Finally, when going to turn the water on from a header tank to the drinkers, I found a song thrush had nested on the support structure. Proof, if it was needed, that shooting does, in fact, have benefits for all.