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Monday 5 April 2021
Egyptian goose, Christophstal April 2021

Egyptian goose, Christophstal April 2021

Egyptian goose, Christophstal April 2021

Egyptian goose, Christophstal April 2021

Mistle thrush, Christophstal April 2021

Mistle thrush, Christophstal April 2021

Buzzard with slow worm, Christophstal April 2021

Buzzard with slow worm, Christophstal April 2021

Buzzard having swallowed the slow worm, Christophstal April 2021

Buzzard having swallowed the slow worm, Christophstal April 2021

Carrion crow with toad, Christophstal April 2021

Carrion crow with toad, Christophstal April 2021

Carrion crow with toad, Christophstal April 2021

Carrion crow with toad, Christophstal April 2021

Carrion crow looking for insects, Christophstal April 2021

Carrion crow looking for insects, Christophstal April 2021

I meant to get up early today to see what birds were about, but I overslept (it was a holiday).

Even so, I managed to see a couple of Egyptian Geese briefly visit the pond.

There was lots of bird activity all day. The blue tits have been extremely aggressive and today I saw two rolling around next to the car with feathers flying. This wasn't a quick skirmish - they were at each other for a couple of minutes.

There were a couple of mistle thrushes in the garden.

The reptiles and amphibians were taking a hammering with the buzzards and crows catching slow worms and toads. The buzzard dispatched the slow worm in seconds but the crow spent a long time with this unfortunate toad whose legs were waving around for quite a while. Earlier, one of the crows had been gently pecking over the grass looking for insects.

Sunday 4 April 2021

The garden is alive with displaying birds at the moment. Today we had two carrion crows preening each other in the birch, yesterday we had great tits lekking from the sandy foundations of our old patio (which we're digging up at the moment) and parachuting blue tits are a constant presence.

One of our male great spotted woodpeckers has found a particularly resonant branch on a nearby poplar to drum on. He's so predictable that you can see him heading that way and you know he'll be hammering in a few minutes.

Our little patch of woodland has burst into life and isn't the impenetrable jungle it used to be so we have discovered a nice patch of wood anemones which we've never seen in there before.

Wood anemones, Christophstal April 2021

Wood anemones, Christophstal April 2021

Wood anemones, Christophstal April 2021

Wood anemones, Christophstal April 2021

Wood anemones, Christophstal April 2021

Wood anemones, Christophstal April 2021