Yesterday morning there were quite a number of the younger Sparrows congregating on top of my fruit cage.
Lots of coming and going and plenty of the usual Sparrow chatter.
At one stage it looked as though a couple of them were trying to find a way in while others stood on guard watching from above.
I watched for quite a while and noticed that the majority were paying close attention to the leaves of the buddleia which has grown so large some of the branches now rest on the fruit cage. I can only assume there were plenty of insects and it was fascinating to watch as the Sparrows ran their beaks along the leaves gathering what natural food there was.
The background noise includes the sound of a neighbour cutting their lawn.
Later in the day I had a look to see which creatures were being attracted to the Sunflower. Along with the odd bumblebee there was a succession of white butterflies gathering nectar.
In this video clip I have slowed down the second section to one quarter speed and you can clearly see the butterfly testing each section and how it digs deep when nectar is found.
Most of the bird seed is lasting much longer. The ground feeder is hardly used at the moment. I guess many of the birds are finding plenty of natural insect life which means they should be getting a good balanced diet. While the number of Starlings seems to be increasing after a short lull the number of Blackbirds visiting has fallen steeply.
How shall we manage?
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