A wren is enjoying the comforts of the garage. She took over a swallow’s nest last year a few weeks before the swallows arrived, has made further improvements again this year, creating this beautifully crafted nest. The swallows built new just to the left. They now have three nests in the garage, all produced young, that’s much better than previous years, and now they are feeding their second brood. Wren and swallows get used to me walking through the garage to get to my studio.

green woodpecker
green woodpecker

A young green woodpecker on the garden step this morning, poking around the stone wall and in the grass. The great spotted woodpeckers are often around – male, female and juvenile.

Lots of young birds in our garden, meadow and woodland now – blue tits, coal tits, great tits and long tailed tits, chaffinch, goldfinch and green finch, wagtail, wren, robin, dunnock, nuthatch, blackbirds, song thrush, and plenty of sparrows.

Then we’re having lunch, looking out into a mizzly garden, suddenly the sparrow-hawk swept across the garden and caught something – a sparrow? Finding scattered feathers I think it was probably a young swallow, not yet quick enough to escape the speed of the sparrow-hawk. And the swallows gathered to drive it off with their shrill cries, but too late. The sparrow-hawk has to feed its young too.

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