There is still a lot of action in the garden in the second half of July. There are still plenty of Blackbirds, some still feeding young and some still fighting and lots of youngsters with their speckled breasts, the Sparrow population has certainly increased as has the Starlings with lots of brown youngsters.
The farmer has had a second cut of silage on the field behind us so I put the camera out on a dry night and sure enough the Fox passed through once again but the camera didn’t pick up anything else.
We have a couple of Pied Wagtails visiting, they bought a young one with them earlier in the month and I think one is still feeding, another brood perhaps, filling his/her beak and flying across to Cranborne Edge. We might see some more young Wagtails!
A juvenile Robin has made his home in our garden, he certainly looks different in his in between feathers.
Our Hedgehogs are still feeding very well and one always comes in soon after I put the food out before dusk, we still have at least three visiting but it’s so hard to tell if there are any more.
Also a regular visitor the Dunnock, an understated pretty bird. I can take the photos of the birds as I sit in the Conservatory which makes a useful hide.
We have had a female Chaffinch collecting food for young, we haven’t seen one in the garden for a while so it was nice to see her. We also have a regular visit from a Sparrowhawk, a very handsome male, most times he doesn’t get any dinner but one day there was a lot of flapping in our Buddleia bush and out come the Hawk with a Blackbird he flew of to eat it somewhere else, it’s always hard to see one of ‘my birds’ suffer a fate like that!
The little mouse takes advantage of the bird food, he’s very wary but pops out when he thinks it’s quiet.
Since the field behind us is now down to grass we see the Swallows and Martins most days, we have seen more this year than previous years, they fly over the field picking off flies, great to watch. Recently the Swallows have been gathering on the electric wires and for a while on the roofs of our houses, I hope they are not thinking of leaving yet! I managed to get a short video of them in the field, my movie skills aren’t the best but it’s good to be able to record them.