roaming the wilds of south west Surrey
Well it’s been a very eventful day in the garden. Before I tell you about that, here’s a last picture of the wrens in the nest…
Is it not a bit late for birds to fledge and feed up in time for winter?
It does seem to be leaving it a bit late, doesn’t it. The wrens have already nested in this box at least once this summer (and I thought twice, from the timings of seeing them going into the ivy with food and making lots of noise nearby). I didn’t previously hear this amount of loud cheeping coming from the nest though, although with the weather having been so awful maybe I just wasn’t in the garden enough to be aware of it. Or maybe they had fewer chicks. Whichever, this one is certainly a late nest. I’ll provide them with plenty of extra food so hopefully they can get the fledglings nicely fattened up in time for winter!
Young fledglings have a high mortality rate, so they need all the help you can give them.
I’m not surprised their mortality rate is so high considering the number of very persistent cats hanging around the garden!
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