Until this last week I have seen very few Long Tailed Tits this Summer and I attributed this to an abundance of food in the woodlands. On Hopwood on the 25th at least a dozen were passing through the birches along with all the other tits so I would suspect that they have also had a good breeding season and will not be returning to the garden until they have exhausted their natural food source. In the last fifty years I have found well over five hundred Long Tailed Tits nests but never one quite like the one on this week’s blog. It was built through a mesh fence and may be quite unique. Needless to say like nine out of ten Long Tailed Tits nests it was predated by crows or Grey Squirrels.
With more good weather this week I could not resist the temptation to revisit Morecombe Bay. The two visits this week produced more good Wader sightings and photos with even an Avocet being present on one day. Click here. There was a steady stream of Swallows, Sand Martins and Skylarks heading South West. All this bird activity attracted raptors with Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Peregrine and even a Hen Harrier hunting the salt marsh.