For the last
couple of weeks Woody Snr. (the Greater Spotted Woodpecker) has been feeding
from the nut cages and feeding Woody Jnr. Who sits, not always patiently, on
the wing of the owl sculpture below the cages.
Now Woody Jnr.
Has graduated to feeding himself, though not quite with the same experience as
his dad. Woody Jnr, prefers to hang upside down on the bottom of the wire cage
pecking the old nuts that have partially decayed with rain and age.
parent joined him on the cage and rather disdainfully demonstrated how easy it
was to remove whole fresh nuts from a gap in the top of the cage. Woody Jnr.
watched open beaked and when father flew off, still with a whole nut in his
beak, Woody Jnr. set off in hot pursuit, piping away loudly in that squeaky
sort of treble. One can quite easily imagine what he was saying:
how d'y do that,
how d'y do that
Robin, and his mate have made a nest in the ivy right in the apex of the porch.
I was sitting on the lawn when I saw Sydney depart on, presumably, a foraging
trip. No sooner had he departed than another Robin, obviously intent on a
takeover, entered the ivy in the vicinity of Sydney's nest. Sydney's mate took
exception to this and a furious row broke out behind the ivy with heavy
fluttering and many squawks. She fought like a tiger and beat him out of the
ivy and down to the ground where he realized that he had made a terrible
mistake and beat a hasty retreat. With a little angry feather ruffling she
returned to the nest.
later, all unsuspecting, Sydney returned and had hardly entered the ivy when
she started in on him, telling him in no uncertain terms, judging by the
clacking and chirping, just what had happened and why wasn't he there when she
needed him. This went on for at least three minutes before Sydney reappeared
and perched on a piece of ivy with his mate still noisily expressing herself
behind him. I have never before or since seen a Robin with such an abject and
head hung expression. One can only imagine what he was thinking, 'Oh, for God's
sake woman, shut up!'