The number of blackbirds hopping around on the lawn bounced back immediately. There is always a bird hopping around on the grass now. Lots of thrushes and blackbirds have returned.
|Swallow nest in the beams of the tool shed|
The swallows are happy. One of the old nest sites - in our tool shed has been revitalised. Just this spring Julio caught and killed a swallow. I found him later sitting on the tool bench waiting to ambush his next victim. These days the swallows are shooting in and out of the open door of the tool shed with what can only be described as joyful abandon.
|the best nest shot I could manage - 4 eggs|
There isn't an easy way to see what stage the nests are in the tool shed. I know the parents are swooping in and out many times a day but I haven't heard any baby peeps yet. I stuck my camera up into the small space and clicked the shutter. It turns out that there are four white eggs with pretty brown speckles on them. They are on top of the soft feathers the parent birds prepared earlier.
I hope this brood is successful!