VISITORS IN A TIME OF VIRUS
In the eerily quiet days at the start of lockdown, my regular daily visitor was a blackbird who soon learned to feed from my hand, and who let me know if service was a bit slow that day. He reared 2 families,though they never got to be as friendly . BUT when I opened the curtains this week a sparrow hawk was sitting in the garden plucking its prey - a blackbird. There have been a lot of articles about the healing power of nature, people maybe don’t look behind the pretty bits! Even plants can be quite thuggish!
There have been lots of goldfinches around,and a family of jays were very happy to use the bird bath in the dry spell .
For many years I’ve noticed a humming bird hawk moth arrive at virtually the same date, it’s only ever around for a few days before disappearing until next year. Other people I’ve spoken to have also noticed this phenomenon, it’s appearance almost to the same day each year . Another annual event is the appearance of just one bright yellow duckling on the dyke amongst all the brown wild ducklings, some years age a farmyard duck must have been straying .
I’ve always enjoyed scavenging on my walks, the usual apples, blackberries, wild plums, mushrooms, raspberries, gooseberries, but this week I came across a new one. A flourishing grape vine, a long way from the nearest house . Global warming perhaps?
A sheltered corner of the garden already has hibiscus, bougainvillea and a bottle brush bush.
I would love to see or hear an owl in the garden, I’m sure someone in the village is lucky enough to get sightings of at least one type -Tell Chat.