Saturday, 30 April 2016

New nest

As the robins moved out the collared doves had a second viewing of the honeysuckle and over a couple of days moved their few thin twigs in. I thought they took it in turns to incubate but one (or other) has been sitting for a few days now and I have yet to see a change over. The honeysuckle is right over the pond, although it is a fairly dense shrub, and I will be on tenterhooks (and ready with a net) when those babies are moving around in there! As with the robins, the doves have chosen a busy place to nest. The honeysuckle is often used by the colony of sparrows that live in the hedge nearby. They dart in and out of the cover throughout the day. The garage roof just behind is often noisy with up to 9 or 10 jackdaws feeding and of course we are near the pond each day clearing iftof leaves and feeding the fish. The nest is almost in exactly the same place as blackbirds nested a few years ago, and it has a natural gap in the foliage that nicely for me faces out towards our back door.

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