This recent run of good weather has finally allowed me to once again indulge in one of my favourite activities. I am of course referring to the combination of a patio chair, feeders stuffed with seed and an assortment of increasingly tame birds. Unfortunately I have missed much of the fledging this season which somehow managed to continue through our wettest spring on record, but there are still plenty of relatively young birds about. The most numerous are the Blue Tits who look to have had a particularly good year and are currently easily identifiable by their duller colours.
The adult Blue Tits are also still present though a few look the worse for wear either through the stresses of raising a family or as a result of their moult. Whatever the reason this particular individual could definitely do with some restyling.
House Sparrows also look to have had a successful year with at least two broods managing to fledge. There is still at least one nest currently active under my neighbours eaves and we were able to watch this male gathering food to take back to it. This could in fact be a second, third or even fourth brood for these birds, something which doesn’t really bare thinking about. Thank god we humans aren’t quite as productive!
Although not photographed yet our Collared Dove’s have also added one to their number which when put together with our juvenile Great Tits, Blackbird and Robin paints a pretty good picture. I’d like to think that the work we are doing with the garden has in some way contributed as we certainly have more improvements on the cards. Once the summer is over we shall be investing in some more nest boxes as well as trying to encourage a couple of the House Martins out of the sky and onto our property. Fingers crossed for an even better update in twelve months time.