All the birds are pretty busy now, what with the dawn chorus before 5am and backwards and forwards feeding young its non-stop for them. It’s been relatively quiet on my walks for sightings of birds, they seem to be well hidden in the trees and hedgerows but at times I see a few gems and our garden is always busy with various birds and their young.
Probably the most we have are the young Starlings, when I put food out in the morning they come from nowhere and squabble, eat with a bath to follow! There has been what seems like a large number of young birds this year and just one or two adults coming in now. The problem is it doesn’t give our other birds much chance. We are getting Starlings with young, Blackbirds with young, Bob the Robin and his mate, Chaffinches with young, Pied Wagtails with young, Dunnock, Wrens (they prefer spiders and insects though), Collared Doves, Coal, Blue and Great Tits occasional visits from Goldfinches and a very welcome Greater Spotted Woodpecker, a youngster I think and more birds I’m sure. The not so welcome are the Jackdaws, Crows, Wood Pigeons and an occasional Rook, I try and protect the food from these birds with cages covering the food but they still try and often succeed in getting food. We do see Swallows and Martins across the field behind us but they are catching the flies.
My favourite baby birds coming into the garden at the moment are two Pied Wagtails, such pretty little things, we had two last year and I like to think it’s the same parents as last year.
Of course when I am out and about on my morning walks I always keep my eyes open for anything that catches my eye. I spotted the little Robin fledgling as I walked through the village, recently out of the nest, he was tucked in the side of the road I left him there and hoped the parents were returning to feed him, at least the traffic is light at the moment and hopefully he survived.
I’ve been lucky to see plenty of Song Thrushes on my walks, more than ever this year.
I’ve been saying I haven’t been able to get a picture of a Woodpecker this year they seemed to have been high in the trees, or I see the back end of them disappear, but as I was walking past Bere Marsh Farm the one below came and landed on the gate post! Then of course we had one visit in the garden.
Other birds I have seen a few of and in many different places are pairs of Bullfinches, this one was picking seed heads on the side of the Trailway, very nervous birds and are soon gone if they sense someone near.
A little Egret fishing on the Stour at Hayward’s bridge as I walked home along the road, it’s still a pleasure as I saw only one vehicle before I turned into the lane; usually it’s a bit of a racetrack in the mornings. I am making the most of it while I can, it’s a good view from the bridge and often see something interesting there.