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Happy Birthday, Blog!

Date posted: Tuesday 31st January 2017

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Unbelievably it’s the third anniversary of this blog tomorrow (2nd Feb 2017)! Many many pictures of birds, bees, butterflies, flowers and allotment landscapes later and still as avid as ever about all things wildlife, the natural enviroment and all creatures great and small…! Some of which are less popular with plotholders’than others – whether they’re stripping our sunflower seeds out, pecking apples on the tree or demolishing the peanut feeders put out to lure the long tail tits, parakeets aren’t high on my ‘Top Favourite Birds’!

Another pesky pest that eats everything we try to grow, including crocus bulbs and peanuts etc put out for small birds is this fellow – walking up to the allotments the other day I heard this strange yowling sound, almost like a small child or baby crying and this was the perpetrator – either a warning, or an alarm but he/she was very insistent1

A new pile of manure has attracted the jackdaws and they work through it meticulously, picking out invertebrates with great industry:

A lovely word for that busy, flicking foraging is ‘fossicking’ and this wren caught my eye and ear, along the towpath on a misty morning last week:

The recent freezing nights and days have been hard on all small foraging creatures with stone hard soil, but now it’s mild, damp and ideal conditions for digging up worms and turning the earth in readiness for the oncoming growing season. Still too early to think of planting so seed catalogues to pore over and a little pruning to do – all our wonderful trees on the site are being assessed for pruning and I’m hoping they all benefit so that there’s even more fruit blossom, cover and protection for our birds, bees and all the wildlife that rely on this ‘green corridor’ that trees and shrubs provide in urban areas like ours..