I know I have blogged about it before, but it always a yearly “landmark occasion”, when I see the first swallow, which I did yesterday! They are back for the summer to nest, have babies, and make a mess in the sheds and over my hanging washing with their droppings! However, a small price to pay for their presence.
All my local birds seem to be intent on nesting and raising a family and are very busy about the garden. There were bits of dropped moss under the eaves of the cartshed I spotted a few days ago, but for the life of me I couldn’t see a nest?? There are house sparrows scrabbling about in the walls close by, but it is not them that have dropped these scraps of nesting material. No doubt I will discover what is responsible in due course.
When I popped up to our little field below the church yesterday to check the sheep there were a pair of ravens flying round and round being very vocal, continually “cronking “. I believe they must be nesting in the tall trees at the back of the rectory garden. I am glad we are not lambing as ravens can be quite a nuisance attacking the newly born lambs.
Their relations, the jackdaws, are nesting nearby in the church tower itself. A noisy crowd as well.
I have been painting birds again in art group – just for fun. . . .
Pretty little blue tits and gold finches.