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Au revoir housemartins

Yesterday a small but significant event took place outside my window.  First two and then a small colony of housemartins gathered on the nearby telegraph wire.  (It was only possible to photograph a sample section.)  It was a clear indication that the seasonal migration is about to begin.  During the next week or so these small birds will leave and fly south to Africa   –  quite probably to South Africa or Namibia  –  and will return  in April or early May.  Many will find their way back to the same location, but not necessarily to the same nest.

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Today’s visitors

This morning’s visitors included a pied wagtail, who bobbed along happily at the edge of the sheep field;

a green woodpecker who came in search of ants;

and a female blackbird who popped in for a quick shower!!

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A few more birds

The dunnock and the robin are among our most common and friendly garden birds.  Both are small and the robin is noticeably much smaller than his American cousin.

In the sheep field are the larger birds; the jackdaws, a kestrel, a red legged partridge and a magpie.  They are less keen on the camera’s presence and it will be obvious from the quality that these pictures were taken from some distance.  Indeed, the kestrel was perched on a tree guard more than 100 yards away.

The jackdaws, who regularly visit in groups of 6 – 10 at this time, are gathering dried grass for nesting.

 

The red legged partridge came to the edge of the field but, disappointingly, always remained partly concealed by the bars of the fence.

 

 

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Synchronised feeding

 

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Visitors at breakfast time

It is not uncommon for us to have an array of visitors at breakfast time, some in search of food others seeking a quick shower! A collared dove looks on.

 

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