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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!!!
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.
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!!!