Great tits…yes really

About a month ago our post box appeared to be getting smaller. Letters sticking out more often than usual. Upon investigation we found a large quantity of moss and donkey hair(!!). Then a small unidentified bird was seen. Then two very wide yellow beaks and lots of squeaking. Finally, a few days ago, we spotted a parent and find that we are the proud sponsors of a great tit family. Our ‘postino’ was very understanding of the ‘OCCUPATO’ sign I put out and fully accepts that we would rather have soaking wet post than disturb the birds. They have us down as the mad English anyway, we get any post that comes from UK, whether it is ours or not!
Today, during a brief lull in the rain (the English weather jokes are becoming unbearable) I took a very damp and bored Ambrogio out for a quick giro. He has been stuck in the enclosure for a week now as the ground has turned swamp like. All went well as he was really pleased to be out. So well in fact that I decided to take him on a path where I know there is a drain that he particularly dislikes as I felt he was in a mood where I could encourage him past and try to exorcise the fear. Well! As we passed a wall with some particularly lush grass growing on top he stopped for a snack. I heard a familiar squeaking and, whilst idly wondering where the great tits might be, was jolted back to reality by Ambrogio leaping a metre backwards as he, presumably, was warned off by the beak of a parent! I laughed, we continued, he managed the drain beautifully and then, when nearly home, refused to go back past the wall. Who ever would have thought?! Me versus 260kg of donkey and some great tits…..it took a while.

Dave says I should not be writing about great tits as blokes won’t read the post as it is meant. If you are affected by a non ornithological mind, pretend they are sparrows.

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2 responses to “Great tits…yes really

  1. Our great tits have fledged…now I think I know the meaning of empty nest syndrome! I am hoping they will have a second brood and am resisting letting the postman have the postbox back.

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