Another welcome bit of bird activity was the appearance a couple of years ago of a daphne bush. The bird responsible for sowing the seed didn’t quite get the positioning right and so I had intended to transplant it but it is easy to overlook when not in flower. At the moment its plump buds drew my attention reminding me of the oversight.
Some of the perennials that I planted up last week are showing very tiny shoots. I noticed some similar plants in a local garden centre were at the same stage so it’s a case of so far so good.
The last weekend in January was the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch so we knew that the birds would be making
themselves scarce for the duration of the count and sure enough the bird feeders and bird tables were unusually quiet. We don’t behave in anyway differently so I can only assume that many more people put food out on this day than others, the only other explanation is the bird population is far more intelligent than we give them credit for and know what we are doing and decide to thwart us.
One couple of birds - a pair of blue tits - that didn’t desert us were busy over the weekend showing much interest in our sparrow terrace and hopping in and out of the entrance holes checking out the accommodation. Ever since we put up the terraces they have been occupied by blue tits or great tits and never a sparrow. The boxes put up especially for the smaller birds remain empty. Just goes to show you can’t control nature so at times like this it’s best to give in and just go with it!
Harvested this week
Used from store:
Onions – Red Baron & Fen Globe
Used from freezer: