Yesterday was the first time this year I have seen a young bird arrive in the garden. To start with there was an adult Dunnock on a branch near the feeders. It was singing and flapping its wings over and over again. At first I thought it was a mating ritual until I spotted this juvenile.
On observing for some time it looked as though the adult was trying to call its youngster and persuade it to fly to the tree. The fledgling Dunnock was having none of it and stubbornly stayed where it was for several minutes.
In the end the youngster flew to the back of the garden and the adult followed it. At no time did I see an adult attempt to feed it.
While we were on our afternoon walkabout there were a couple of birds in the horse paddock. They looked vaguely familiar to me but for the life of me I haven't been able to identify them. The photos are not good as they were a long way off and nearly always on the move.
On the photos the markings look so much like a Song Thrush but I am sure they were much bigger and with longer legs. Their movement was reminiscent of a shore bird. I tried to get a better view but that scared them off.
Also during the walk through the back of the graveyard we saw the largest congregation of 7 Spot Ladybirds I have ever seen. There were these few on a fallen branch and the surrounding Ivy held not dozens but scores of them.
As usual there was at least one escapee from the neighbouring house. Normally the ducks or chickens retreat rapidly when I try to get closer but this fine fellow was more than happy to pose for a portrait.
Late on in the day I spied a female Blackbird which kept standing on the rim of the nursery pond, reaching in and taking something out.
Initially I thought it was rustling the tadpoles for a tasty snack but when I went over to the pond I could see the remains of pond snail shells. A good job there are dozens in there.
This morning it is dull and wet but I did my duty and tied Bobby up outside the Polling Station while I finally made my mind up which would be the least of the political evils on offer.
Headley Heath Fieldtrip.
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