Monday, 13 June 2011

Hungry Chicks

Friday saw our final visit to the organic farm for some time. The Corn Bunting was still singing and individuals on both morning and afternoon sessions caught a glimpse of a swimming Water Vole. There were fewer Herons in residence, and no sign of the Juvenile Treecreepers of the previous visit. Unfortunately, it rained most of the afternoon, so the pm crowd were pretty wet on their return to the car park.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of young birds in the garden at the moment. The Great Spotted Woodpeckers are bringing their chicks, whils Robins and Dunnocks potter about on the grass. We have a dearth of Blackbirds this year, which could be due to the lack of worms in the hard-backed ground, but it could equally be down to a record number of Grey Squirrels - 6 the other day, which must be saturation level in a fairly small garden.

Before setting off for yesterday's class I waited while the parents had just fed the baby Swallows, then I quickly climbed the step-ladder & took a few pics of the hungry babies in the nest before the parent returned.

Swallow chicks


Immature Great Spotted Woodpecker


Immature Robin


Immature Dunnock

Corn Bunting



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