One thing we did notice this time is that it's not just Mum who stays in the nest brooding the eggs, both parents take it in turns. Isn't that lovely? :-)
|Taken through the kitchen window on Saturday morning.|
|This is why they are very hard to see during the day! |
There are two here and only their little beaks give them away.
|But yesterday afternoon they were taken up the far end by the parents.|
So final count - four babies!
|All that white fluff is catkins from willow trees and fluffy seed heads from the Balsam Poplar.|
More excitement seeing the first damselflies here yesterday afternoon. I saw a pair of Large Red Damselflies mating. Honestly, they've probably only just eclosed and they were at it already. You'd think that insects had sex on their minds, or something. ;-) I couldn't get photos of them so here are a couple from last year.
|Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula).|
I also saw this one when I did have a camera with me. ID is quite hard at times but I think this is a female (maybe immature) Common Blue. Mature males are a lot easier to ID!
|Possibly female Common Blue (Enallagma cyathigerum).|
|And another view of it.|
I'll be doing another blog post shortly as I have tons of insects to share that I've been spotting this last week, some of which are new to me, which is all the more fun as whilst trying to ID them, I get to learn about them.