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Roe Deer and Chicks

Sorry for the long wait for a new blog. Spring is moving on and there has been quite a lot of activity in the bird boxes. 42 now are up, 24 have had nests started and 13, all tits, have commenced egg laying with today seeing the first chicks hatched. Five Pied Flycatcher nests have started. Hoping for a late rush of Flycatcher nests like last year when 4 came after 8th May. rather worryingly for the garden, we have seen a Roe deer in the field adjoining us. Farmer Paul has been reporting several sightings locally over the last month. Plenty of hedgehog sightings most nights.

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Oak or Ash

Posted on 24 April, 2020 at 15:54
The oak before the ash saying has been consistently won by the oak every year we've been here, and normally very easily. However this year I think it's a draw, as the oak leaves started to open I realised high up in the ash they were also opening.
The warm weather has really brought on the flowers with the bulbs in the main quite stunning.
As for the birds, have heard the cuckoo a few more times this week. A few more nests have started in my boxes, twelve so far. A Great Tit in the apple tree in the bottom garden, probably ten blue tit nests and an unknown on the bridge.
No Pied Flycatchers yet, but sadly a dead male Flycatcher was in one of the blue tit nests. I removed it, pausing to reflect on its efforts to fly back all the way from Africa only to die a few days later. Having checked my notes I noticed that they normally start their nests in the last week in April, so hopefully things will start going next week, but the number of nests are encouraging. 

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