31st May 2014

The female Wren is still sitting on eggs and only leaves them occasionally, to ferret for insects, beetles and spiders at the bottom of the garden, close to the nest. The male, which is polygonous and therefore may also have at least another mate on another nest (50% of male wrens do), feeds her occasionally but does not sit on the eggs, which take between 12-19 days to hatch. If we have to go near the nest, the male sings it’s loud alarm call and song. There are quite a few young Magpies visiting the garden at present They have yet to get the darker plumage and long tail of an adult. This one was working out, with its beady eye, whether it could reach the fat on our bird-feeder, and decided against it. After yesterdays blog, Scottish friends  got in touch to say they heard many Cuckoos this year as they drove up the west coast of Scotland– that’s reassuring. Conditions: Cool and cloudy, but dry again. Temperature: Max 15- Min 11 c

Female Wren leaves the nest at the bottom of the garden, occasionally, to find food for herself.

Female Wren leaves the nest at the bottom of the garden, occasionally, to find food for herself.

Seed head of the Wood Avens, or Herb Bennet.

Seed head of the Wood Avens, or Herb Bennet, complete with Cuckoo Spit!

Young Magpie on the garden feeder.

Young Magpie on the garden feeder.

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