I have been hearing Blackcap more and more from my back garden recently. They are in a garden that is only 4 doors away from me but sadly they never come into our garden, I have only seen a female Blackcap briefly on the border of our garden once but I guess the environment at the end of the street at the lane end is better suited to their needs than my sparsely planted suburban garden.
So this morning I had walk down the lane at the end of my street as I do occasionally that is only 2 minutes away from my home, to look for the resident birds that frequent the area, birds like; Song Thrush, Wren, Blackbird, Greenfinch, Starling, Bullfinch, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Dunnock, House Sparrow and Robin plus the visiting Blackcaps; to see if I could manage a shot or two and also see if the local Goldcrests could be seen and again maybe photographed too.
I did see two separate male Blackcaps along the two hundred yard stretch of lane that I usually 'bird' in. No Goldcrest either seen or heard though, maybe they are at their nests? I will check out this area again over the next few weekends as it may be possible to see young birds in the areas soon - I do hope so anyway!
So after washing my motorhome, a little weeding and sunday's usual roast dinner I had an hour in my one man chair hide in the garden to see what dropped in on a nice mostly sunny day here in southern Lincolnshire.
It is quiet at the moment to be honest but occasional visits to feed from Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Wren, House Sparrow, Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Wood Pigeon, Mallards (a pair calling at the moment) plus Collared Dove and up to 4 Stock Doves.
While in the hide only the latter dropped in to feed and below are best images from my time in the hide.
The Stock Dove in particular decided to feed so close I was either not able to focus on the birds with my fixed focal length 400mm lens or it was behind the feeding station poles so not fully visible!
Still, very nice to see so close though, lovely bird the Stock Dove.