I thought it had been long enough time for the garden birds to have at least fledged, so I decided on a trim to the leylandii down the side of our garden. Two thirds the way down I found a nest and three tiny eggs, so I ceased work, and sat back to watch hoping I hadn't disturbed the birds.
Great relief when I saw the goldcrest return to sit on the eggs. Having seen them (only just) on Springwatch, it was a joy to see them here. I only hope It didn't disturb the nest or the eggs too much.
They are so tiny, and the nest so fragilely and barely perched on the small branch of the hedge.
I can only think that their first nest was predated, either by the jays, magpies, or the pine marten that we saw predating on the first two's families, and they have had to start again.
I shall do my best to keep them safe, especially from our gruesome twosome one of whom has just brought in a dead redstart, for which she was scolded.