Outside our kitchen door we have access to what is called the cellier. In this cellar we keep a lot of our beekeeping equipment, and so in spring we need access to that place very frequently.
So, spring being what it is, the birds help themselves to the shelter that the beam is providing to make a nest, reducing our ability to freely visit the cellar. This year it started with the robin.
She visits the back of the house where we have placed a water trough for the bees. She has her daily bath there. So it was not surprising that we found she had laid 6 eggs there.
After that, it did not seem to take long before they flew up to the nearby ash tree.
A couple of weeks later I noticed that the redstart was flying back and forth from the nearby washing line to the same nest.
Four eggs! I wondered what will happen to them. That was 18th of June.
I investigated on the 23rd of June and behold all but one chic had hatched.
Two days later they were all in the nest.
They were so tiny. But on 2nd of July, they seemed big enough to leave the nest.
On 5th of July, all I had was an empty nest. The birds had all gone to the nearby trees.
Robin and the sparrows visit the water trough and share it with our bees. With these very dry and also hot days that the French call the canicule, (the dog days) with temperatures around upper 30s and reaching 40 degree C (over 100 degrees F), we ensure that there is plenty of water for all the birds and the bees.
Amelia and I are concerned that although we water the vegetable patch and a few of the more precious shrubs, we will inevitably loose some plants and even trees. The heat is literally killing their leaves to a frazzle. Gardening is getting difficuly. I did try to cut down a branch of the ash tree, but without success. The pigeon had decided to nest just above the branch.
So, I do hope everyone keeps well and keeps cool.