Love is in the Air
I noticed the resident garden Blue Tits displaying this morning on the tree near the nest-box, followed by mating shortly after. Then, this evening, a pair of Starlings were mating (in the same tree) after the male had been singing in earnest from the neighbours roof - male photographed above, and below is the female in tail-lifting posture. Later I took a bike-ride along the canal south of The Pilot at Hardwicke. A male Mandarin flew up the canal past me and I saw it later perched in a large dead tree on the opposite bank. A Willow Warbler was in full song nearer The Pilot (Photos: Paul Masters).