I say "seemingly" and "apparently" because yesterday she went broody and was not in the nest box at bedtime. When she was found - under the climbing hydrangea again, - we found her with 22 eggs and a partner in crime, No-Tail, (so called because she was without one for a while) whom Patsy has led into Bad Ways.
|Miscreant No 1 - Patsy removed from her nest|
|Miscreant No 2 - No-Tail still on the nest|
|Egg stash - busted! (Not literally!)|
The eggs are all very fresh though; I tested them in a bowl of cold water. So they must be eggs from both miscreants laid in tandem over the last week or so. I am glad I made the pockets on my aprons so big - getting 22 eggs in was quite an "ask" even so!
Scrambled egg, sponge cake and ice cream anyone?!
You can hear the pheasant who has adopted our garden as his own and clearly sees himself as an honorary bantam, even though he's twice their size, croaking a contribution and also the cockerel down the lane adding his mite. I am not expert enough to identify all the singers but all the usual English suspects are there, I guess - blackbirds, robins, thrushes, wood pigeons etc. As I say, I do apologise for the poor pic quality but close your eyes and have a listen!