It’s hard being a parent at this time of year

Non-stop parenting is taking place at the moment.

The wren, having chosen to make its nest in the robin box

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has to do the feeding by herself, flying low, backwards and forwards every few minutes.

Her path is intersected by that of the robins

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taking turns to stock up from the mealworm feeder

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The flycatchers give every encouragement to their brood to come out and help themselves but the youngsters only peep out

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before returning back inside, content for mother

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and father

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to bring the flies to them.

Also today, clearing a woodpile tragically disturbs a vole’s nest and a younster is left homeless

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while elsewhere on the plot blooming continues

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