Highs and Lows

27th May 2011
I knew that Woodpeckers predated small birds but I'd never seen evidence of it until a Grt Spotted Woodpecker tried to hack his way into one of our garden's nest boxes containing a Blue Tit family. He made the hole bigger to get at the chicks but I managed to patch the hole up and the adults started feeding the young again. However, the Woodpecker must have returned because the nest box has now been abandoned. It was a great shame to lose them at such a late stage. The following day there were young Woodpeckers in the garden. You win some and you lose some!
On a lighter note, I went up to the Elan Valley today and it was lovely to see the area alive with Redstarts, one of my favourite summer migrants, the male is stunning. Please see latest images.