The problem with setting up a motion activated camera is that if it is left trained on a nest of chicks for a day you end up with about two thousand pictures as the parents bring in a non-stop supply of food. The Flycatchers have fledged and gone several days ago and now that we are missing their company we trawl through all those pictures. The thing is, they all show the same thing.
Either the male arriving with food
or the female arriving with food
Bottoms sticking out of the box
and chicks waiting impatiently
Sometimes we see two family members together
and occasionally a passing visitor
But their box is now empty and quiet and attention shifts to the stump outside the kitchen window
Three wagtail fledglings take up residence there and wait for the next airdrop of supplies; their two stronger siblings have already gone off to explore the world.
They mob the hard-pressed parent
and watch indignantly as he leaves
How many insects are delivered each time?
There are fledglings everywhere
Meanwhile, out in the small animal house the Youngest Ones Of All don’t really like being on the floor
looking at our feet. They would much rather wait to ambush us at eye-level
Last night they ended up roosting on top of the Guinea Pig cage.
Elsewhere on the plot today