Friday, 16 March 2012
The Blackcap has flown, I haven't seen her since Monday when she settled unusually on to a lawn where I had put crumbled scones and seed down for the ground feeders, she took a few bites of scone and then flew to a Willow tree. This was the first time I had seen her eat anything other than apples or pears that I spike on an apple tree. Maybe she was bulking up in readiness for her long journey back to her breeding ground. I shall miss seeing her daily in my garden as I have been doing for several weeks now. Safe journey to her and hopefully she will return next Winter. I shall cease spiking fruit on the trees now as the Blackbirds who normally enjoy the fruit have ignored two juicy pears I put out today, they have other things on their minds now and besides the ground is now soft so they should be getting a few tasty worms! A female Chaffinch has visited my garden the last two days, not often I have them visit so nice to see the female, unusually no male with her. The Dunnocks are whizzing about in the garden in 3's (as they do) and Blue Tits have been checking out a nestbox! I spotted a Blue Tit this morning gathering a few of the feathers that I had swept under a conifer hedge, they are the remains of the last pigeon to fall prey to the Sparrowhawk, good to see that they are being recycled. Robins are in and out of a nestbox that is in Ivy in my drive, fingers crossed they decide to use it! Magpies are frequently seen flying over the garden with twigs and Woodpigeons are cooing and swooping in flight. I spotted Frog Spawn in the pond but sadly I was not quick enough to retrieve it to transfer it to a small pond for safety, the fish ate it!!! So, all systems go now, an exciting and interesting time of the year.