These are a few photos taken through the kitchen window. My camera struggled to focus on the birds among so many leaves and the window is smeary from so much rain, but at least the sun was shining and the birds had a chance to dry their feathers.
I don`t usually feed the birds during the summer months, but this year`s weather has meant a decline in their natural food. The unseasonal cold and wet has made it a struggle for parent birds to feed their young. Last week I found four dead baby swallows under their nest in an outbuilding. They had not grown many feathers and were not yet ready to fledge. They had died in the cold and their parents had removed them from the nest, ready to start a new brood before it is time to fly to Africa again.
The visitors to the bird feeders are mostly blue tits, great tits, coal tits and nut hatches.The nut hatches are nesting in a nearby oak tree and are beautiful, but they do bully the smaller birds. Greater spotted woodpeckers also visit but they are very wary and fly away at any sign of movement through the window.The fine mesh on the peanut holder will stop whole nuts being removed.
The bird table attracts a noisy gang of house sparrows, several blackbird families, wood pigeons, collared doves and little brown dunnocks who pick up fallen seed on the grass.
Below are some goldfinches, who love their niger seed feeder and bring their families along to empty the feeder in a day.
Some of the tits are growing adult feathers while their parents are in moult. Here are a few of them waiting in the branches of the pear tree.
Blackbirds and bluetits love the halved apple in a suet feeder and will finish it in two or three days.
The cats have become accustomed to spending most of their time in the house, but they are allowed out to play just after dark, when the birds are safely in their nests. If they go out before they are fed, a few taps of the cat food tin will bring all four of them running to the back door for their supper.