In the Spring I was fascinated watching Coal Tits visit the feeders very frequently to take a Sunflower seed and fly off with it. They were coming and going at such a fast rate it would have been impossible for them to have eaten them all. If they had eaten the number of seeds they were making off with they would have ended up the fattest birds in the country instead of being one of the smallest.
After an absence of a month or more they are back again, once more making off with as many seeds as they can find.
Watch out - I'm coming in.
I hope nobody is watching me.
This one will do nicely.
So will this one.
And a few more for luck....
(slowed down as they are so fast)
In fact they do not eat them all nor are they so clumsy that they drop so many they have to keep coming back. Coal Tits are known to store seed for eating at a later date so my little visitors are restocking their larder. They ignore the Sunflower hearts and the kibbled Sunflower seeds but make straight for the black Sunflower seeds.
While the Coal Tit was busy harvesting a male Chaffinch stood waiting his turn for the hanging seed feeder.
Bees and hoverflies continued to visit the Sunflower. I think this may be Bombus Pascuorum but on the other hand I could be wrong.
A Large White Butterfly was finding plenty of nectar on a chives flower.
The leaves of the Sunflower were beginning to look like a lace patchwork in places so I had a look underneath to see what was satisfying its hunger.
A Small White Butterfly caterpillar?
At the end of the day one small area of cloud was catching the light of a fading Sun.
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