Today was very cold. As I returned the feeders back to the feeding station, after washing and refilling, my eye was drawn to some activity at the Robin Nestbox. I quickly set up the video to capture further action.
The cheeky Blue Tit perched itself on the front opening of my Robin Nestbox. It had a very brief look about before being chased off. I’m really not certain what chased it and that is why I set up the video camera shortly after. It looked from the back quite like robin but could it have been a dunnock? I’ll have to keep an eye on this.
Flying overhead, as I was setting up my camera, was even more unexpected! This was first for me. On its approach I thought this bird was a seagull and initially didn’t take any notice. Something clearly caught my eye to take a second look as it approached the roof of my house. It was flying slower and more deliberate than a seagull. It wasn’t all white either and it was quite long too. A quick check with my book confirmed my suspicions – a Heron had just flown over my house. I know it is not unusual for Herons to be seen at garden ponds – but I have never seen one here. I must be honest – I gave a smile when I glanced at my own tiny pond as it was frozen over! The Heron would be unsuccessful in fishing at garden ponds today.
Blue Tit caught, shown above, at our Robin Nestbox once again. The pergola has ivy growing on it and it looks like it was a search for insects that brought the Blue Tit to this box. You will see it at the bottom on the right at the beginning of the film. I hope further searches don’t scare off any birds considering using this Nestbox. I have to mention at this point that there have been very few sightings of the robins at the feeders in the last few weeks – I wonder if they have nests already.
Singing while it worked – the Blue Tit was busy again at the entrance of our Camera Nestbox next. It only briefly stopped work for a little song - probably to tell the other birds ‘this is my house now’. It had visited the Nestbox a number of times today and on one occasion it didn’t peck the walls and floor at all. It appeared to look at them for some time – I wonder if it now feels it is ready.
Not one but two – our Song Thrush was seen with company today. I did think I spotted it looking less shy yesterday and it did appear a little fatter - it was a different bird! So numbers are increasing once more. I also spotted the Song Thrush doing a little chasing itself today, although I am not sure which one. I do know what it chased though - the tiny Wren!
The video, shown above, was taken in my garden on March 21st 2007.