No excursions today, but I was entertained by the garden birds this morning.
I'm pleased that the male Brambling is still about in the garden (I've seen him for the last 3 days) but wish he'd come out into the open for a better picture.
Each year I put out some nesting wool and it's usually the blue and great tits that take up the offer of a cosy nest lining.
Today was no exception. I was watching the birds (and having my first coffee of the day - so it was very early) when I noticed a blue tit coming and going to the wool. She did this over a very long period of time and I sat entranced for about an hour.
It seems I provide the food and nesting materials but, despite my providing nest boxes, the blue tits are nesting, as they do every year, in a nest box in my neighbours apple tree, two gardens away. I was able to see the blue tit flying off from my garden and entering the nest box two doors away!
On this occasion the wool wouldn't separate that easily, so she had to come further and further down and away from the container.
A similar situation here
and sometimes you have to hold it down with a foot so you can tear a bit off
At one point, three blue tits arrived and one of the was NOT at all welcome and got shouted at then chased off
Back to gathering more wool
And all from the comfort of my armchair :D
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