The hoards have arrived - the invasion of the Starlings and their offspring. So started the day at about 6.30 a.m. with the raucous sound of young, hungry Starlings. Fortunately the bit of video is silent!
This youngster was hungry but didn't seem to approve of what was being offered:
This sort of thing continued on and off all day with various offspring coming to the birdy Bistro.
A Starling finally managing to get some food in the right place:
Later in the day a young Blackbird was brought to be fed:
While yet another Starling was going frantic collecting food:
Even amongst all this activity the usual visitors were helping themselves whenever the opportunity arose:
Every so often some youngster would seem to be forgotten or maybe the parents were taking a well earned breather.
Ma! I'm Hungry!!
As it was a very pleasant sunny day I spent the time pottering about at home - far from the madding crowds. Made a new latch for the gate. Planted some Sunflower seeds - beautiful flowers to admire later in the year and food for the birds in the Autumn. During the afternoon I sat out for a couple of hours, mp3 player and headphones, cup of tea or three and camera within easy reach. I had some practice trying to photo some of the birds flying about. Mainly miserable failures but here are three I kept.
A Starling launching from a branch:
A Blackbird dropping down to the feeders:
A passing Jackdaw:
Writing of Jackdaws - they appear to have become very regular visitors.
A piece of video to finish with:
Phew - it's warm indoors so I'm going back out with a nice cool glass of amber nectar!
Oh - nearly forgot. No wonder there always seems to be a juvenile Blackbird around. While I was enjoying the Sun I spotted these two resting on the garden seat and at the same time another was picking up scraps from under the feeders.
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