A quick garden update now spring is well under way. House Martins arrived late this year but quickly got underway with numerous nests dotted around the estate. I counted about 40 – 50 birds overhead catching insects in the thundery conditions last night. Have heard one or two Swifts, but those and the Swallows seem to have moved onto breeding sites.
All our 4 boxes are now occupied by House Sparrows with youngsters frequently being fed by their parents around the garden. Both male and female GS woodpeckers are visiting the suet block and taking food back to a nest near the brook – the youngsters can clearly be heard occasionally. We look forward to their arrival with mum & dad.
We are getting frequent spectacular views of Red Kites seeing off corvids, I suspect young are not far away. Male and female Blackbird and Blue Tit are also visiting and taking away food.
So, despite a dry spring with some late cold (which has caused havoc with growers), our birds seem to have coped relatively well.