Visiting chiffchaff and resident Long-tailed Tits

It’s an exciting time in the garden right now, with signs of Spring everywhere…

There have been plenty of phenological signs recently, with the first appearances of butterflies including Orange Tip, Comma, Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and White. On top of that, the always welcome arrival of the first beefly of the year on the 8th (2 days earlier than last year).

This week on the 10th I had my first Blackcap and first Swallow too.

The Wren and the Blackbirds have both built nests, and there are Robins feeding each other as part of their courtship.

The two pictures to share today both involve the privet. Firstly this visitor:

It is of course a Chiffchaff, that busied itself around the garden picking tiny insects off all manner of plants. We’re doing well on biological pest control at the moment with the Wrens and Blue Tits hovering up aphids off the roses!

Even more exciting in the hedge is this:

This construction is quite small, no more than twenty centimetres top-to-bottom, but is the little home the Long-tailed Tits have built. I’ve never had a Long-tailed Tit nest in the garden so we are naturally very excited to see how this goes.

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