We were sorting through our tree pots on Sunday in preparation for next Saturday’s NGS open garden event and were about to move the trestle …..
Phil spotted her just in time …
We should have some new blackbird chicks very soon!
Prior to discovery, we had been watering with the hose so she’s had a daily drenching and still she remained. Phil has already named the chicks (answers on a postcard please) but there will be no Rush to return your entries!
Two years ago we had high hopes that our hole in the wall nest would be occupied by a pair of Nuthatch.
They spent a lot of time plastering the hole and preparing the nest only to disappear. This year the new encumbents have invested a lot of time and we’ve watched them plastering and bringing pieces of wood home to line the nest.
There is much warbling and singing first thing in the morning and we see them coming and going during the day before they return for the night around 7pm.
Now this looks promising! Fingers crossed for chicks coming soon.
Disaster! The Collared Dove chicks are no more. Their precariously balanced nest had tipped off the branch and Phil found the chicks dead on the ground beneath.
The Bantam chicks are also no more. The two other hatchlings were squished under the 3 adults and young Chesney (as in ‘the one and only’) suffered a similar fate. We now have another 8 eggs under the Lavender Pekin and a spare run to transfer them into once the hatch is under way, which should be around 9th July.
The Blackbirds have fared a little better. Although only 3 of the 5 have made it, they were large enough to be ringed by our local bird expert and neighbour Mike Carrier. However, one chick leaped off the nest and disappeared. We feared the worst but Phil located it right over the other side of the garden. We returned it to the nest but having had a taste of freedom, it was straight out again and hopped off into the undergrowth. It has been calling and Mrs Blackbird has been feeding it on the ground. It won’t be long before the others join it.
Mr and Mrs Sparrow are doing very well in their box and I managed to catch them on camera Saturday morning.