|Spot the Tree Creeper fledgling!|
Of course it is not only the flora having a busy few weeks; birds are in their full breeding season now and many species are at different stages of nest building, laying, rearing and fledging. Some such as the Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) nesting on one of the buildings on site are having difficulties getting enough food to their young with this extremley wet weather. Along with many other passerines (perching or song birds), a large part of the chicks diet is caterpillars from the tree canopy, which consequently get washed to the ground away from ther foraging sites in heavy rain.
I also caught site of a rather soggy but successfully fledged group of Tree Creepers (Certhia familiaris) this week. Once out the nest they were moving through the woodland sticking close to each other by constant calling so that the parents could still regularly find and feed the young. The young themselves were already displaying the chracteristic Tree Creeper behaviour of flying to the bottom of each tree then slowly moving up it looking for insects, (never moving down, the complete opposite of the Nuthatch) and were a joy to watch, even in the rain!