At the end of the road at Hochlackenhof, a guesthouse set amongst woods and meadows, as we sit with coffee and what Barbara describes as 'a cheesecake to die for' on the terrace, we hear a tapping like Morse code. It's not a woodpecker (we don't see a woodpecker during our entire stay here) but a Willow Tit that is perched on one of the rungs of a trellis arch. Another joins it. They're taking berries from the Yew bush growing next to the arch and removing the sticky flesh. Some of the discarded berries lie stuck on the lower rungs. The seed inside the berry has a poisonous husk so the tits are pecking to get at the kernel inside. When we call a few days later they are still at it, but on the final day of the holiday there is no sign of them, perhaps they have picked off all the berries on the bush.
We walk via the viewpoint of Mozartblick, a precipitous viewpoint overlooking Lake Wolfgang, and follow a steep stony path down through the conifer woods to St Gilgen by the lakeshore (left).
Related LinkHochlackenhof guesthouse at the top end of the Ellmau valley.