Baby birds and apple blossom

25 May 2013

I was talking in my last article about a garden with a lack of birds – the problems, whatever they are, don’t seem to apply to my garden at the moment: it is so full of movement that it’s almost dizzying at times. At least two families of starlings are coming to the feeding station, and all the youngsters shriek at once to get Mum or Dad to feed them – the collective noun for a group of starlings is a “murmuration”, which is lovely, but at times I think it should be a squawk of starlings or a squabble of starlings. Mr and Mrs Blackbird are also much in evidence, though no young as yet.

Parent robin defending his (or her) family

Parent robin defending his (or her) family

Today’s treat was going down to the far end of the garden, where a pair of robins are in residence: they have been chitting away for over a week now every time I (usually with the cat accompanying me) go down there , and the reason was to be seen sitting on a low branch of our ginko tree today: a baby robin. The young do not have red breasts, but are speckled in shades of brown: presumably for good camouflage against predators.

I’ll leave you with a shot of the far end of the garden – both apple trees now have a lot of bloom on them, so hopefully we’ll get a good crop of apples this year, and my husband is under instructions only to mow a path through the daisies, not to decimate them: hopefully the insects will appreciate the flowers – I do.

Left: the far end of the garden with one of the apple trees surrounded by daisies. Right: close-up of apple blossom

Left: the far end of the garden with one of the apple trees surrounded by daisies. Right: close-up of apple blossom

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