There was still one good bird yet to come, because M and L had been involved in putting up nest boxes for a rare and enigmatic breeding species which had been in slow decline in the region. Whether this decline had been arrested it was perhaps too soon to say, but a start had been made. At the first of the three sites we checked we saw one – perched on the telephone wires near a small sawmill (preferred hunting perch and preferred location too) – an ever-so smart Roller. With only 8 or so (known) pairs in Lithuania the previous year
We had 8 known breeding pairs in 2011 and 2012. This year we have 9 pairs! We have been ringing Rollers chicks since 2011 with colour rings. This year we've found two our ringed birds (one from 2011 and another from 2012) and one from Latvia (this one was ringed in 2006 as a chick and breeds in Lithuania second time. Could be more, but we saw it in 2011 and this year again). One member of the new pair is a chick which was ringed by us last summer! This year we have ringed 16 Rollers, it is the biggest number so far!
It is minor success but we are happy anyway...