"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

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Another Nestbox Update

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


Yellow Poppy


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!

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