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When I can’t arrange to meet up with and chat to friends, due to our Covid-19 lockdown rules, I talk to the birds, usually Robins (as my previous Conversations with Robins blog posts testify) but lately the many Stonechats that have been living in the local fields.

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If I approach slowly and quietly, then stand still and wait, they’ll often pop up on branches and plant tops quite close to me.

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I can talk very softly, and they don’t fly off. They watch me – are they just being cautious, keeping an eye on this intruder in their space?

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Or are they curious? Or maybe they’re just plain cheeky, knowing they can check me out but fly off in the beat of a wing?

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Spending time with these gorgeous wee chats brings me much joy. And, yes, I am a crazy bird lady!

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