I anticipate the sound every year without actually realising until I hear it that I've been waiting (if that makes sense?). So what is this Spring announcing sound that I wait for every year? Well it's the birdsong of the Curlew
I haven't seen the Curlew yet but I hear them daily now in the pasture field at the back of us. Every year they arrive and make their nests on the ground in the field and this year I will endeavour to capture the birds on camera.
Blue Tits and Coal Tits are pretty much an all year round sight for us here in Caithness and so I try to accommodate them as much as I can with food and nest boxes.
Blue Tits have got to be my favourite garden bird of all time, they're energetic, tenacious tiny little birds and have got to be one of the most tolerant species of humans that I've come across.
They regularly make nests in my home made nest boxes and never seem to mind me perched on a chair outside quietly snapping away with my camera.
Today, I noticed a pair of Blue Tits eyeing up a nest box and while I'm unsure as to whether they were checking out a potential new home or have actually got it up and running with eggs inside, I think it's safe to say they've moved in:-
First she scouts the outside and checks out da hood.
Next she checks out the interior
Yup, this will do nicely, thank you.
Time for a cleanup though (maybe there's even chicks in there?)
See what I mean about these Blue Tits being very tolerant. A couple of years ago I got to watch her flying in and out feeding the chicks, it was so cute to hear them cheeping away.