"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Monday, 14 June 2010

Garden Birds and RSPB Survey

I haven't seen the wren entering the nest with food since Saturday so I am just hoping the young birds have successfully fledged. Here's a photo of the hanging basket last planted last summer where the nest was constructed.

I am still amazed the nest survived the heavy rain we have been having and managed to avoid being totally flooded.

Yesterday, saw 4 blue tit fledglings perched on the feeding station being fed by the adults.

The juvenile great spotted woodpecker is still being fed by the adults and have also seen the juvenile perched on top of one of the feeders. Male woodie had a peer into the blue tit nest box entrance today - thank goodness they have fledged.

First juvenile goldfinch seen eating sunflower hearts today.

I spent an hour over the weekend counting the birds in the garden for the RSPB "Make Your Nature Count" garden wildlife survey. The results they receive will reveal what species visit gardens in summer and show the importance of gardens as a habitat.

We saw the following species in the hour we counted:

Wood Pigeon 2
Great Tit 4 (including 2 juveniles)
Blue Tit 3
House Sparrow 3 (including 1 juvenile)
Dunnock 2
Goldfinch 2
Greenfinch 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Wren 1
Magpie 1
Robin 1
Chaffinch 2
Blackbird 1

Butterfly-wise in the garden we seem to be having a really poor year. Have only seen one or two speckled woods over the last few weeks.

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