Yesterday I went back up to the plot, or as we like to say the Country Retreat, in order to do another round of vegetable gardening with The Sage – more of that in my next post. This trip allowed me to have a peek in at the nest of the Spotted Flycatchers in order to update you all of progress. In my last post, The Eggs have Hatched, I reported that all five of the eggs had hatched and that the parent birds could be seen flitting around the garden and bringing numerous gifts for their recently hatched offspring.
I am pleased to report that all five chicks are still going strong and the never ending demand for tasty flies continues. The eyes of the chicks are now open, the feathers can clearly be seen forming and the beaks are brightly coloured in order to attract attention and gorge on those morsels brought by the parents. In just five days the progression is impressive, but all this growth means that it is starting to look like yet “another tight squeeze”, just as we saw with the chaffinch’s nest. I dare say having the compost heap underneath the nest is akin to having the larder and fridge either side of one’s bed.