One of the advantages of living here is that even though I'm not able to run around at the moment I can sit in the garden and still see and hear plenty of things, butterflies birds and lots of other bugs and insects, with only the distant sound of traffic.
While I was wondering just how itchy the healing skin round the clips on the new bit of engineering on my knee could get, I watched this Starling having a good scratch, and felt very envious.
Nearby, on the side of the garage, I've fixed a pair of semi-detached nest boxes (meant for House Sparrows). These featured almost a year ago on 22nd May 2007, and once again the right hand one has been used by a pair of Great Tits. Most of the time the view that I got was the back end of one of the parents diving in.
On the way out, often, the adult would bring out a little package excreted by one of the youngsters. This is a very convenient way of keeping the nest clean and tidy, quite unlike many of the nests of sea-birds that stink atrociously.
This looks like a nice big juicy spider on the way into the nestlings. The birds were away from the nest for a few minutes at a time, always returning with some protein filled morsel, and judging by the amount noise coming out they are doing well.
This was almost a head on condition as another spider is on it was in and another faecal on the way out. The incoming bird sat and looked bemused for a few seconds before going in.