Insect-eating birds find a land of plenty: Country diary, 15 May 1919

15 May 1919 A feast is ready for the gathering; birds can find food and have time to spare for courtship

Pale yellow ethereal gnats cling with thread-like legs to the trunks, their iridescent, filmy wings folded along their backs; green aphids laboriously climb towards the leaves to spend their lives in one long drink with siphons deeply embedded in the tissues. Flies with patterned backs dart up, alight a second, and dash off, and booming hoverers poise on whirring sails in the sunlight. Insectivorous birds have come to a land of plenty; a feast is ready for the gathering; they can find food and have time to spare for courtship.

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Source: The Guardian
Insect-eating birds find a land of plenty: Country diary, 15 May 1919