(Image of Willy Wagtail bird from Google)
I really doubted the success of this season's hatching, but within a few weeks little black heads started to appear above the rim of the nest.
In years past their nests in the apple tree, have provided good reason for my concern, with a baby bird plummeting to the ground long before it was ready to fly.
So I was prepared for premature tumbles this year, but yesterday all three, one by one, fluttered out into the world beyond.
Today they are all flying about the garden with both parents attending to their demands.
Now I can relax until it all happens again next year, and I wonder which location they might choose.