Monday, 23 February 2009

Tidying

We are planning on moving house so are getting things tidy ready for putting ours on the market. This weekend was "attack the garden" weekend. We've cut quite a bit back and opened out a few areas. I have seen a few bits of different behaviour (well different to what I've seen in my limited amount of time birdwatching)
I'd put a fat candle and a fat cake down the bottom of the garden as well as outside the window and for the first time I saw a blackbird on them. They prefer to be on the ground near the house and so I never thought of them as being "tree feeders". My siskins are costing me a fortune in niger seeds. But my nut hatches have been seen a bit more than they had been recently. The collared dove has been eating off the seed feeder tray.
I have seen a few bits of "courting". A collared dove was doing a bit of cooing and dancing to another one. Very cute. Mind you, there's some aggressive behaviour about too. I saw the woodpecker have a right good go at a starling on the fat cake.
I did actually get a decent look at the tiny bird I'd wondered about previously and it is definitely a wren. What lovely "eyebrows" they have.
I often complain about my robins being the most nervous in the country. Well I was out the front yesterday and I could hear a noisy chirping. I looked at the wall the other side of the road and there was a robin sat there. He would chirp, then dip his head with his tail feathers up, then chirp, then dip. I got the feeling I was in his space and he wasn't happy about it.

We'd taken down our garage rather a few years ago and they'd just been propped up for years, so we decided to lay them along the gabions as a nicer edge to the garden. It's amazing how a neatly trimmed lawn makes a difference. Our bluebell field is about to start growing, so we've left that. I will take some pics as they come out.

Before:

After:


Looking the other way:
Before:

After:


And a lovely (only slightly enhanced) photo of the trees in the lovely blue sky


So no birdie pics this post. I shall make a bit of time soon and get clicking.

3 comments:

swatson said...

great shots joo some hard work gone into that garden
sheila

denzil said...

nice photos, i suspect that your garden will be a hard act to follow when you come to finding a new home.
denis

JooMoo said...

Thanks

I am checking out all the gardens and will leave a postcard for the birds with directions on it.