Friday, 18 March 2011

Euonymus Blackbirds & Spring Firsts

Spring continues - even though it was just above zero last night.
The garden gets visited by a number of individual Blackbirds and this morning I watched one of last year's female birds gathering nesting material. It was carrying mainly moss so she must be lining her nest but I didn't expect it to fly such a short distance away into the Euonymus 'Emerald and Gold'  bush, just a few metres away from the window. I watched the comings and goings a little while before setting off for work and discovered not only is it nesting there but its mate is also a first year bird. With both parents being completely inexperienced it will be interesting to see how the two fair the coming months. Especially so as that female Sparrowhawk  is still about,  I saw it fly over the new road late afternoon.

Chiffchaff in the Woods 
As I said spring is here and today the first Chiffchaff of the year was singing in Hermitage Woods and the first butterfly, a Small Tortoiseshell was sunning itself on the ballast by the side of the road.
Small Tortoiseshell - the first of the year
All of a sudden it felt warmer.

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