Now you see them.. now you don't
It is that time of the year when there is a massive amount going on in the garden. Amongst all the growing plants and trees and insects and animals, are the birds. Your wild garden bird life is changing every day. Feeding wild bird food is a great way to encourage the young birds to stay in your garden for a while. Let them grow in strength and prepare them for their journey into the world outside.
In our garden we have several nest boxes that have been occupied this year, Great Tits
and Blue Tits
, but Blackbirds
have taken up residence in several places. Mainly in the Ivy, we have two breeding pairs (they seem to divide up the territory and just accept each others presence) in the garden and one pair have just finished their second brood. The three chicks (seen in photo - look in the centre and just to the left) fledged on Saturday (4th June) and have been seen around the garden each day. Mother and father call on the bird table for some Blackbird and Thrush mix
for themselves before feeding the chicks worms and grubs from the veg patch.
We have not seen them this morning so far, so I would imagine it is time for them to find their own way now and mum and dad will start the business of the third batch this year!