MrsG and I spotted our first Blackbird fledgling round about last Wednesday 3rd May. We weren't exactly sure at the time because we thought it was a bit on the early side and the bird had a well developed tail. However, another two appeared this morning. It looks like the mild winter had them breeding very early. This dry weather spell ( drought) will help the smaller birds raise their young too. It could be a very good year for tits.
Crows and Jackdaws are accepted by the throng but as soon as a Magpie appears the warnings are sounded. Seeing one dive onto and grab a fledgling by the neck was a surprise. It's well know that they predate the nests and take hatchlings but it was unexpected to see this attempt to take a fledged bird. However, an attempt it was, the youngster was strong enough to escape, this time.
dvg: Nuances are lost on the uninitiated...
Sept 15, 2021 14:24:02 GMT
dvg: ...where the Ys are worn notwithstanding, there is a lot to consider - inside out, upside down, turned backwards, at halfmast, waistband rolled in or out, the tilt, and all of the combinations and permutations of these subtleties and others not mentioned
Sept 15, 2021 15:33:54 GMT
dvg: It's a lot to take in
Sept 15, 2021 15:34:27 GMT
dvg: It's truly saddening to me that we've made headlines due to an inept and unaccountable provincial government, paralyzed by politics...
Sept 15, 2021 16:42:32 GMT
fredg: The ones that could see me emigrated. The house is still empty for some reason
Sept 18, 2021 19:06:46 GMT
stevebooth: I trust the ceremony was more successful where you are, out of the 30-40mm of rain the infallible Beeb promised, with possible dangerous levels of flood wate, I’ve had 3mm. A decent amount for a woodlice bath, but not enough to water much.
Sept 19, 2021 9:02:50 GMT
fredg: It's looking promising Steve
Sept 19, 2021 9:54:23 GMT
fredg: What we really need is an all-nighter though
Sept 19, 2021 9:55:16 GMT
stevebooth: Too true the bogs are at the lowest level for the entire year, I don’t really want to get the RO out.
Sept 19, 2021 10:26:04 GMT
stevebooth: The suns out here now and blue skies on the horizon
Sept 19, 2021 10:26:46 GMT