Monday, 15 June 2020

A Visitor.

For the past few days I have had a couple of visitors permanently in my back garden.   A pair of woodpigeons have - one or the other - spent all day foraging in the deep layer of bark chippings under my yew hedge.   Back and forth, back and forth they have been going and spending no time at all away before they are back. They must have a nest somewhere near and finally yesterday I realised that if I sat in the front window I should be able to see more or less where it was - and sure enough I saw that it was in a clump of teenage ash trees on the site opposite my bungalow.   Straight across the road they would go into the trees and a couple of seconds later out they would come and back across the road again.   Each evening I am going out with a dustpan and brush and sweeping up the bark on the patio and putting it back where it belongs.   A small amount of effort to pay for watching a couple of very diligent parents.

20 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

There'll very soon be some more Pigeons out there, being taught how to forage among the bark for themselves. Better get a bigger dustpan! :)

Bovey Belle said...

The wild birds here have given me such pleasure recently. A wee little ball of fluff that is a just-fledged Blue Tit has been in the Damson Tree. He is diligently looking for food but every now and then sits down with a huff, and gapes for mum and dad to feed him, but after a while realizes he is on his own now! We have finally seen one of the Spotted Flycatchers and there are Bullfinches front of house, delighting us with their plumage.

Glad you have found where the pigeons are nesting an tidying up is a small price to pay for the delight of watching them.

Ursula said...

That's lovely, Weaver.

People are protective of birds. Once upon a time (I was about ten or so) we lived right in the middle of nowhere with, respectively, one neighbour at a large distance either side. There also was a nest of swallows under our garage roof. Alas one of the neighbour's cats, a huge tom and I suppose semi feral, took a shine to the fledglings. Enter my father and his gun. I didn't hear the sound. However, next morning I came across a dead body. Black and furry. Clean shot. No blood. Naturally, as only parents can, I was sworn to silence. It never happened. Yeah, well, whatever. I saw what I saw. As secrets go I shall take the image to my grave.

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The Weaver of Grass said...

Three differing comments here - all with good memories for me to hold on to!!

Joanne Noragon said...

I used to maintain feeders for the breeding birds, and could fairly well locate their nests by quietly watching.

Cro Magnon said...

Yesterday my resident pair of ring doves were up by Haddock's, and seemed completely oblivious to my presence. Maybe at long last they have realised that I won't harm them.

Tom Stephenson said...

Wood pigeons in the middle of town here used to be a rare sight. Now there are loads. They even roost in trees in the street, as well as the parks. You have to be careful not to park your car under one.

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Brenda said...

Fun watching...not so much with the cleaning. I sit on the deck and watch the geese in the pond. When I am on Facetime teaching grands, they can hear the geese. That with the sound of the fountain make me think I am in nature in the middle of a city. Enjoy.

Ellen D. said...

I also love to sit at my kitchen window and observe the birds and small animals that venture into my yard. It is such a quiet, enjoyable little show of nature that I look forward to each day. Always makes me smile! Thanks for sharing!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

There was a starling family on the afternoon lawn here a week or so ago. It is funny to watch the parents running away as the chicks make a racket chirping as they run after them. Not easy to catch on video.

Christine Hancock said...

Yes they do like to peck for worms, I'm always sweeping up but I hate their droppings, hugs and stain the patio.

Heather said...

I can remember having to do the same right outside our front door. The roof sloped past an upper dormer window and birds would peck among the tiles dislodging loads of moss. It's a pity our feathered friends don't tidy up after themselves.

Anonymous said...

Pat hello. My email has removed all my contact. All well here. Younger granddaughter was attacked in London yesterday. Very nasty experience for her.

Not much news. Both isolating. It lovely having the garden.

Love Sue G.

A Smaller Life said...

We had a REAL visitor the other day and we were both so shocked.

Our nearest neighbour called round, which we found a bit strange as she's been very careful about self-isolating since the start of lockdown due to being 84, although a very young in mind and fit in body 84. We had a good slightly socially distanced chat in the living room ... and then came the reason for her visit.

Seemingly her daughter wanted to come and stay with her, breaking the 'no travel into Wales rule' and she wanted our opinion so she could tell her daughter what her 'sensible neighbours' had said about it and not have to just say a firm NO herself.

As we have been so careful with staying home and limiting our shopping etc, and her daughter has been here there and everywhere in a motorhome all over England, she said she felt safer coming to us than she would feel if her daughter came to stay.

It just felt so weird having someone else here!

Derek Faulkner said...

So what did her sensible neighbours say/advise?

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A Smaller Life said...

Dereck, we advised her to say a firm no for her own well being, and she was very happy to have her initial thoughts backed by us.

She later phoned to say she had put her daughter off coming. I think we were being used as the 'if you come the neighbours will get me into trouble' trump card!!

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