Working in the Garden

With all this nice weather, the garden demanded some work so it was less of the birding this weekend. That doesn't stop me of course. The first home Williow Warbler, Blackcap and House Martins of the year added to the summery feel as I dug out some steps down to the stream at the back - fortunately in the shad of some trees we planted several years ago.
The pair of Bullfinches were very much in evidence with the male giving his subtle song and feeding the female at one point. A pair of Siskins kept coming back to the feeders in the afternoon, the male an absolutely stunning bird. Lesser Redpolls are also still in the area.
As I was moving some of the slabs, I found a couple of Common Toads in what was their winter quarters - I moved them somehwere suitable.
One curiosity we've had over the past few weeks is a resident Magpie that has no tail and a limited ability to fly. It bounds around the garden, front and back when it thinks no-one is looking - very bold considering the number of cats in the area. It's probably surviving on the scraps below the feeders!


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