We all know we are strong on magpies and don’t usually report sightings of this destructive bird but yesterday we saw 19, yes 19! of them on one bush alongside Lucy Brook.
The geese seem to have moved on to pastures new, no sign of them for several days now.
As we walked home after this morning’s hedging work, we saw a kestrel flying above Cromwell’s Pond. It was being driven off by a magpie. Hopefully it does not suffer the same fate as the sparrow hawk described in an earlier post.
2 swifts tonight near the large houses on Aldcliffe road. How much longer must we wait before they begin their spectacular evening displays?
And where have all the ducklings gone? We spotted a magpie trying to take one recently, but what else is the cause of such a high attrition rate?
I counted 10 magpies in the Big Meadow this afternoon. Is this a record? Perhsps not good for songbirds’ eggs this spring but I don’t know what can be done.