The female blue tit has laid 6 eggs in total - one less than last year. I believe clutches are usually smaller in gardens compared to woodland because there will be less food available to feed the young. Incubation started last Sunday and lasts between 13 - 15 days so, all being well, the eggs may start to hatch next weekend.
A few rubbishy photos taken from the nestbox camera which will give you an idea of whats going on. I'm not sure what has happened to the colour - it seems to come and go!
6 blue tit eggs
Female blue tit incubating
The one surviving blackbird youngster is still being fed by the male and I saw my first house sparrow fledgling being fed last Wednesday.
Here are a few photos taken of flowers in my garden
More flowers are appearing in the mini wildflower meadow towards the top of the garden - red campion, ribwort plaintain, buttercups and burnet are starting to flower as the cowslips and bluebells fade.
I went to check out a small Warwickshire Wildlife Trust reserve last week for a future visit and spotted a song thrush - believe it or not the first I have seen this year! The 2011 bird list is slowly creeping up!