GMS Week 6
I put the moth trap out on Thursday night but, with a minimum temperature of minus 2.3 degrees centigrade and clear skies with a nearly Full Moon, I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised to find that for the second week running the moth trap was empty!
The wren is still taking feathers into the hanging basket - it will be interesting to see if this nest location gets picked again this year. It was last used two years ago but last year the nest the male built in the ivy was used.
The male robin is still "courtship feeding" the female and the robin below has started to appear at the back door looking for mealworms whenever I go in the garage. I suspect it may be the very tame robin that used to feed from the hand because whenever he saw me in the kitchen or garage he used to appear close to the windows just like this bird has started to do. The photo was taken with the 14-42mm lens and, although it is cropped you can see how close, the bird was.
This morning we checked out the nestbox camera which links into the tv and one of the blue tits (the female?) has started taking in nesting material. Here's a very record shot of the action.
By teatime the bird had removed all the nesting material but this happened last year for weeks on end. Grass would be placed in the box daily and then regularly moved out until a few days before she began laying eggs when she completed the nest very quickly.