As I sat quietly in the garden this afternoon, enjoying the endless comings and goings of our bluetits, the peace was suddenly disturbed by a garrulous mob of starlings.
As they rowdily squabbled over the fatball feeder and the mealworms I’d cast on the ground they were mostly oblivious of me, so I crept indoors to grab my camera.
When I returned I quietly stalked across the lawn to sit on the path. Occasionally one of the birds would notice me and spark a sudden flight up onto the safety of the fence. But it only took a few seconds for their obsession with food to take over and they quickly returned to the lawn.
Eventually I crept within about six feet of this noisy gathering, taking photos all the while, until they were finally scared away by the arrival of a jackdaw.
15 May 2020