Thursday, 15 May 2014

Garden antics

Sunny, 20º, light SE.

A day in the garden today and as mentioned in the last post the Moorhen family visited the garden this morning and again this afternoon. The adult Moorhen would not tolerate a Crow in the garden near the young and chased it off.
 (courtesy Loren)
Later one of the resident Carrion Crows flew into the garden from the meadow with a beak full of bread and proceeded to dunk it in a bowl of water that had been put out for the Mallards. The Crow ate some of it and gathered the rest back up and flew off with it, presumably to feed to young? 
 Several Wood Pigeon frequenting the garden and utilising the bird bath!

Stock Dove, Collared Dove also visiting and 3 Blue Tit nests found in the garden now.
A Jackdaw briefly in the garden, Great-spotted Woodpecker, also a Song Thrush and the usual residents, Robin, Wren, Great Tit, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Blackbird present.

Some of the young Rooks in the rookery next to the garden are fledging now.

30+ Starling feeding (that included a fair number of young birds) in the meadow this morning and both Blackcap and Chiffchaff in song.

 4 Swift, 6 House Martin, up to 8 Swallow, 4 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard and a Peregrine overhead.
                                                    Stock Dove

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