Birds in the Garden

On two mornings last week the garden was busy with wee birds.  The chiff-chaff is back, flitting around every twig and stem of the apple trees before darting to a hawthorn and repeating the process, and every so often flitting out from a perch to snap at some small flying insect, and flit back to cover again.  Then there was movement in the ivy, and a tiny wren appeared.  When it saw the chiff-chaff it zoomed up beside it with what appeared to be territorial anger, causing the chiff-chaff to move quickly onto a nearby silver birch.

not a great picture, but it only paused for a moment, and moved on

not a great picture, but the wren only paused for a moment, and moved on

Meanwhile, at the foot of an apple tree a hen blackbird was straining to pull an earthworm out of the ground.  The third or fourth haul extracted the poor beast, which was picked up into a rough figure of eight and swiftly swallowed.  After a couple of extra gulps, to ensure all the worm was well inside her, she hopped over to a fallen apple for dessert.

High in the oak a bluetit hopped around before flying across to the top branches of the hornbeam at the end of the garden.  A movement in a nearby rosemary bush caught my eye, and staring into it I saw a very still bird.  It seemed in no hurry to leave, which gave me time to grab a camera and take several shots of what turned out to be a dunnock – the first I’ve noticed here – but its not exactly a showy bird.

Distinctive grey head and pointed beak of the hedge sparrow or dunnock

Distinctive grey head and pointed beak of the hedge sparrow or dunnock

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