The week started off sunny and cold. With the sunny weather came lots of Red Kites and Buzzards over the garden.
Normally there are a couple of Red Kites and around 2 local Buzzards plus a couple more at the other end of the village, but this week I have counted 6 Red Kites together and 12 Buzzards rising on the thermals.
Question 1 – Where have they all come from and why do they all come together when the sun appears?
On Tuesday evening just as we left the house to take the dogs out, the moon was rising over the hill, so on Wednesday we checked out the time that the moon would rise and I waited with my camera. While we stood waiting we could hear a Muntjac barking at us and badgers snuffling around in the hedge.
There are still large flocks of birds in the field such as Goldfinches and Chaffinches.
I have noticed a few bees around this week, this one was trying to crawl inside a daffodil.
Question 2 – At this time of year, with the cold nights, where do bees go at night and can they survive the cold mornings?
In the nearby field, yesterday evening, there were four males and three female Roe deers. I’ve never seen so many males together, usually I see one male with a group of females
Question 3 – Is it normal to get 4 males together?
These two females are two of the three females that are always close to the house, they weren’t with the group of males.
My dad had a bit of a shock when he came home from work this evening. As he pulled on to our front drive, there was a Muntjac deer by our front door.
The pigeons have started build a nest in one of our conifers, the same place they built last year. Unfortunately last year both chicks were taken out of the nest by something and killed. They had just started getting feathers.
Question 4 – Do you think whatever predator took them from the nest last year, will remember where they were and come back this year?