Today dawned in the Chateau garden like most others at this time of year save for one little detail. There were no birds in it
The food I put out last night ready for the morning remained untouched and the leftover dried mealworms after the Hogs had fed were still to be eaten.
A couple of days back I found a few feathers on the ground suggesting a young Greenfinch had fallen victim to a Cat but all the birds kept coming as per usual so I thought no more of it. This afternoon a Lesser Blackbacked Gull was swooping around quite low over the garden but the few birds that had showed up completely ignored it.
I have only one other theory and that is that I have a Sparrowhawk patrolling my patch again after an absence of 18 months
I know the birds get frightened if they've seen another taken by a BOP. Time will tell.