Well - at last I can write a joyful post. A male blackcap arrived in our garden last week. I've been enjoying watching him on the feeders as he's been back and forwards most days. Up until this afternoon he has been solo. I spent a lovely couple of minutes earlier today watching him taking grave exception to a couple of long tailed tits who had the temerity to land on the fat balls he was eating. He opened his beak wide and stared threateningly at them which did seem to work, making them check initially at least.
It was while this furious posturing was going on that I spied his wife in the hedge behind him. I only knew who she was because Shy Songbird had very kindly told me what lady blackcaps look like - they wear russet brown caps instead of the ebony ones their husbands sport.
Of course by the time I'd got the camera out she'd vanished, but it's enough to know that she is there. Hopefully we have a breeding pair and there will be baby blackcaps in the garden before too long.
Here he is in all his glory...