On this grotty first day of BST (Summer, my foot. It’s just a ruse to disrupt our sleep), I got to thinking about our wildlife, which I do vaguely think about daily, since they are all around anyway.

Yesterday, I watched crows demolish my firm attachment of fat balls to the feeder stand. I managed to recover one net hook, and today attached a new net, with a fat ball in it, to the fence. The fat balls don’t seem so prone to demolition in that position. The seed feeder does sway in the wind, encouraging small and medium sized birds to sit on the grass expectantly waiting for their manna to drop from heaven. They then ferociously peck away at grass level. The crows, clever observers that they are, move onto the feeder stand and with their beaks, bodies and sometimes their heads, help the seed holder to sway a bit more. That way there is plenty for all the feathered creatures that are gathered.

The peanut holder is heavy; the apex roof on it is supposed to keep the nuts drier than they might otherwise be if totally exposed. This treat is not without little morsels and residue. A bit of shaking, if there’s no real wind, adds to the feed haul already on the grass.

Today, I saw a greenfinch:

P1020413 Greenfinch

The picture was taken some distance away and inside the house, to avoid disturbing the visitor

Shortly after, this rather podgy and well coloured bird appeared. It looks like the common garden Sparrow that is supposed to be in decline.

P1020419 Sparrow 2

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  1. Interesting pics menhir thanks for sharing I noticed practically all birds adore fat balls I leave stale bread out as well as seeds which seems to attract magpies whom Im not keen on but they needing feeding too đŸ˜‰

  2. Thanks.

    I ran out one day when the smaller birds were being edged out by our huge specimens of seagulls. Hubby said the same as you…they need feeding too. At that stage in the year – about a couple of years ago, there wasn’t much bird life to be seen out at sea, the usual feeding chain of nature was in short supply. Therefore, seagulls were driven inland to forage along with all other birds, and yes, they needed to be fed.

  3. The Great Tits in our garden spread the seeds to the crowds below – they seem to spit out the ones they don’t fancy and look for their favourites.

    Is that little bird a dunnock (it’s country name is Hedge Sparrow) – they prefer feeding from the ground and it looks like the one that visits our garden.

  4. Thanks for the lead Ellie; I did query with hubby whether it was a sparrow as it had a depth of colour in its plumage that was less dull than the usual sparrows. It is possible that is is just the difference between male and female.

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