A male blackcap has taken residence in the shrub next to the feeders, outside the kitchen window. He can be seen there at first light, and chases off any bird that approaches the food. This morning he shooed off blue tits, great tits, a robin and a wren in just a few minutes, and none were to be seen later in the day.
It's a compliment that he likes my mixture of suet, peanut butter, nuts and a bit of Christmas cake, but it would be good to see a few other birds benefiting from it. In his favour, we are graced most years by blackcaps' song from the trees between us and the scout camp.
The entrance to Kingsdown campsite (formerly the scout camp, where some fine May fairs were held in the past) looked a bit chilly for outdoor pursuits, but maybe we'll spend a night or two there this summer. It's got great views, and there should be some good downland flora.