The bird story

It’s short, really, but all the more amazing for that.

I had those warbler chicks here. I took one photo every day (apart from the day after they hatched, apparently, or I’ve managed to discard those shots… but anyway), and on the twelvth day they were gone. From little more than embryo to flighted bird (well…) in less than twelve days… that’s amazing.

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I didn’t (knowingly) see the chicks again, but the parents kept up their vigilant warning routine as soon as I or the cat came out of the house for a while afterwards – a good indication that there are chicks still around.

I doubt the nest will see residents next year, but I’ll keep an eye on it 🙂

Pond life

Now, tell me, what’s the first word that springs to mind when you see this?

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Seriously, the first word… *before* you started to analyse the picture and worry about what I was asking for? Please put your honest reply in the comment section…

There’s semi-rare life in my pond – the great, or Northern, crested newt co-habits with the smooth, or common, newt as well as a couple of Crucian carps, planted. I intend to see to it that the latter do not take over entirely…

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