I made some bird cake for them as treat, but within a couple of minutes about 20 Starlings descended and ate the whole lot. They squabbled and fought, getting covered in it. There was an awful lot of strutting around the patio, shouting, pushing and general bad tempered behavior. Such funny birds to watch, it's just a shame they can't leave a bit of food for the other birds!
The Rooks have been visiting the bird table, but they're after the peanuts. They're so different to the Starlings, as even the slightest noise or movement will scare them off. The Starlings are too busy fighting to even notice you're there!
|Very handsome, except perhaps for the bare bit of skin around their beak|
Our back garden Red Kite, Whistlejacket, is still around and sits in the Silver Birch and whistles every now and then. It's quite hard to get a clear shot of him now though as the leaves on the tree camouflage him quite well. They didn't nest in the tree they spent the winter sitting in, so must have picked somewhere else near by.
The Red Kites in the park are still sitting on eggs. You can just make out a white head peeping out of the nest (in the middle, between two pieces of white tissue or cloth).
Both sets of eggs hatched over the weekend and the silk moths are already double the size of the Emperor moths. They should keep her busy over the next couple of months!
|Emperor Moth caterpillars|
|Chines Oak Silk Moth|