We can Fly!!!!!!!!!!!!

The swallows have progressed from the floor. They can either climb really well or they can fly!. There is only 4 on show; lets hope the fifth has either flown away or is elsewhere in the outhouse. Its out of bounds at the moment while they are still in residence.

Shooting gallery!!!
Shooting gallery!!!

Meanwhile, the Garden Warbler is doing well. She tends to cover the chicks in the evening when the sun comes round to keep them cool.

Garden Warbler on the nest
Garden Warbler on the nest
4 chicks here, none of which looks like a cuckoo
4 chicks here, none of which looks like a cuckoo

Swallow Update…

All the swallows have fallen out of the nest!!!!! But luckily as they were not that far off the ground, and the outhouse is secure, they are still being fed by the parents. lets hope they pull through!!

swallows huddle together waiting for food
swallows huddle together waiting for food

More exciting news from aspatria though is the discovery of another nest, next to our front door in the clematis. Its the nest of a Garden Warbler, made of grass and moss.

Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler nest
Garden Warbler nest

Three Swallows makes the Summer

After our neighbour’s Blue Tits had fledged, we thought we’d ended our own “Springwatch”, but hidden in an outhouse, I found 3 pleading gapes!!!

Feed me!!!!!
Feed me!!!!!

A couple of swallows had unusually made a nest of mud and grass on top of an old piece of plasterboard,and 3 eggs had hatched. The parents are almost impossible to capture on camera…. they move sooooooooooooooo fast. Its no wonder that Andromeda has never come close to nabbing one.
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you can't catch me!!!
you can't catch me!!!

My Neighbours Tits……….

Following Pete’s blog on his new box: http://www.sterling-adventures.co.uk/blog/2009/05/08/birthday-bird-nesting-box/ I thought I’d get the camera out and keep you up to date with our neighbour’s tits!!!

Sitting on eggs
Sitting on eggs

The box has been up for a few years now; last year the birds managed to raise 9 chicks, but things are very much dependant on the weather and the amount of food (small green caterpillars) that is available. If it is too wet then the food gets washed off the leaves and the birds go hungry!

This year the couple have laid 6 eggs and are taking it in turns to incubate them….. I’ll keep you posted as to how they are doing.

And of course, the hungry hunter waits patiently in her lair for her takeaway!!!

I'm feeling a bit peckish.......
I'm feeling a bit peckish.......