Wednesday 18 January 2023

Schwarze Kappe

A male Blackcap turned up in the garden last week and keeps me entertained when working at home and enduring Teams calls. To start with, he fed only on half apples, skewered on twigs in the bushes, but has learnt to feed on the fatballs and today on the sunflower heart feeders. It has even descended on to the lawn to feed on a piece of apple that fell off the twig. Perhaps this ability to learn quickly has helped Blackcaps to adapt to wintering in the UK, relying on hand outs of bird food in harsh weather. Whatever, this German visitor is a welcome treat.

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