The weather maybe grim, but the garden is alive at the moment with loads of youngsters about. In the last few weeks, the House Sparrows in the box under our porch have fledged to be joined by another group from elsewhere, I counted 16 demolishing the seed in our feeders last night. They have been joined by the blue tit family and the great tits, who have about 4 or 5 young each. The stars however have been the Great Spotted Woodpeckers who have been ploughing through the suet blocks over the last few weeks. Mum & Dad have now brought two youngsters into the garden, one is able to feed independently, the other is still being fed by it’s parents. Unfortunately, one of the parents discovered the bug hotel attached our fence and cleared out all the mason bees – such is nature! A juvenile Blackbird has also arrived today.
The House Martins are about, but are nesting in fewer numbers this year on the estate- it has been a strange spring and many delayed their arrival. Swifts have been over infrequently, probably the town ones hunting, along with a handful of Swallows who arrived first. But overall, it is worth reflecting on the significant increase in birds we have visiting now. We moved into this property last October when the house and small garden were brand new. We have worked on making it a bit more wildlife friendly, but over winter, we would be lucky to get 3 or 4 species a week. Today this is frequently more like 15 or 16 species, with visits from Siskin and a wonderful Male Redpoll recently who wasn’t bothered with me hanging out the washing just a few feet away. It is wonderful to see, however, the bird seed bill is rocketing!