There seem to be a lot of birds nesting in the garden. I’ve spotted blue and great tits, and possibly long tailed tits, goldfinches, robins, sparrows and blackbirds. Hopefully wrens and hedge sparrows too. Sadly¬† our mallard duck has been frightened away, and now a crow has twice raided a mistle thrush nest in our large conifer and carried off two baby chicks. Poor thrushes; all that effort to be gone in a minute.

I positioned myself under the nest and had the fright of my life when a fledgeling cascaded out of the best and landed at my feet. I couldn’t put the baby back into the nest to face a certain death, so I contacted the Wallasey hedgehog rescue and they have come to the rescue and taken the baby mistlethrush – surprisingly the RSPB don’t offer local rescue centres.