No, not an expletive but one of my shy regular visitors. With the return of Sunshine after yet another rainy day I was watching the birds visiting the feeders. Creeping about the shadows was a Dunnock, every so often stopping to flutter its wings. I guess this was the female Dunnock equivalent of fluttering its eyelashes to attract the attention of a male. Sure enough a second appeared and seemed interested but never got close enough to get them both in one shot. Every so often the female would come out in the open and have a little flutter session.
I normally see just one Dunnock at a time so it was fascinating watching what appeared to be a bonding session. Then to my amazement a third appeared. I assume this was a second male as there was a short altercation between it and one of the others and it beat a hasty retreat. After that the original two Dunnocks went their separate way in the garden and started gleaning any dropped seeds they could find.
Eventually they disappeared back into the dappled shade of the bushes. Just as I though that was going to be the only really interesting observation for the day I spied a Wren which spent most of its time partly or fully hidden from view but just for a few seconds it landed on the roof of my shed which gave a quick photo opportunity.
It was really lovely to see two of the shy visitors to the garden and look forward to capturing the pair of Dunnocks on video one day.
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