Monday, 15 June 2020
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.