Birds - Like the moths of the past week, there is now an early autumn feel with about 10 Meadow Pipits flying south over the house today. There have been several adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls around all summer and 1-2 juveniles in the last couple of days. One was food begging off it's presumed parents on the road outside early morning. I know they breed on the factory rooftops a few miles away in Birtley, so I wonder if it's one of those birds or are they now breeding closer? The Dunnocks in my garden I do know where they nest and perhaps unusual for this species I believe mine are monogamous. What I take to be the male has become very bold and frequently torments the cat. His mate, yes I thinks it is the same bird, has started to line its third nest of the season having raised 4, then 2 young already this year.
|Dennis the Dunnock in the garden.|