Fans of the Facebook page may have seen the various Live broadcasts I’ve done in the “Watch” series, all very tongue in cheek and an excuse for me to broadcast some of my music or offer some relaxing video – there’s been PondWatch, LawnWatch, FeederWatch, and the fascinating ShedWatch.
Today, I once more put my phone on a tripod and pointed it at a feeder hanging in our apple tree for SuetWatch. Robins, Erithacus rubecula, have been pecking at this all week. I hoped to catch them on video. I don’t think I did, but when I went to terminate the video I noticed for the first time a nest in an old homemade nest box hanging on the shed. I wondered whether it was the Robins, so pointed the phone camera there and stepped back so as not to disturb the birds.
A quick scan through the video revealed a Dunnock, Prunella modularis, sitting on top of it at one point, so perhaps most likely that bird’s nest rather than that of the Robin.
The footage is awful and the bird activity so brief I won’t bother posting it. But, do take a look at my Facebook as there will most likely be more in the Watch series coming soon…
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