Since mid April a blue tit couple have been really busy building a nest in our wall behind the bricks. There are some narrow gaps between some of the bricks after the snow some years ago took the ladder down. Unfortunately we have not fixed the issue yet. The birds flew (they squeeze them selves) in and out with their beak filled with building materials. From early morning to late in the evening. Both hundreds of times. Mostly moss from our lawn. In the beginning when they started building the nest they were very wary. They didn’t fly in before we went indoors. I tried to take some photos of them with their beaks filled with moss. But, they are no good because the birds stayed high up in the apple tree. I talked to them every day and still do. By now they are pretty used to us. The eggs have latched and there are now hungry babies. The parents fly in and out a hundred times with insects in their beak. No time for break to rest.
I’m not sure do the flying ants appear here every summer. When they do they always disappear as quickly as they appear, usually this time of the year. On Tuesday there was many and the sparrows were so excited that they hardly noticed us being there too. They ate and ate. In the evening there were no more ants with wings.
Already for some time I have heard the baby sparrows under the garage roof and seen the parents bring them food. I wonder are they the same couple who were there last summer. Yesterday in the morning when I looked up I saw three hungry babies screaming for food and soon enough a parent came and all three opened their mouths. They actually look fully grown already and ready to leave the nest. One even came outside (pics 3 and 4) and it looked like it wanted to follow the parent. But, then went back in. They are so cute but messy. We need to clean it up a bit when they have moved away.
Not easy to spot, almost invisible.
Sun bathing blackbird. I don’t know why I wrote sun bathing when I meant sand bathing. Well, the bird probably was doing both sun- and sand bathing 🙂