10th – 17th April
The Dunnocks’ nest is tucked into a bushy shrub growing against the wall of an outbuilding in the garden next door. The garden is left more or less to itself, the grass is cut occasionally, but other than that the birds are unlikely to be disturbed. Since the nest was completed and the courtship display on the slate bench sightings of the birds have been brief as they have foraged along the bottoms of the hedges, so I am assuming that the hen bird is sitting on eggs. I did have a lovely view of one of the pair when it flew to the slate bench to dry off after a dip in next-door’s pond.
Since I arrived I’ve seen Starlings around the rooftops and a male has been singing from one of our chimney pots. He has been rewarded for his efforts and attracted a female, and I have seen them both in the garden gathering nesting materials.