Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Wildlife and me
I like feeding the birds, I know I have to be careful with hygiene both from my own and the birds' point of view and I once visited an organic garden that had lots of information about why we shouldn't feed the birds at all, but I do. In exchange for a supply of food I like to think the birds help keep down the slugs, snails and aphids thus helping with my organic cause. I've had plenty of the usual small garden birds this winter, robins, tits, finches, sparrows, blackbirds etc as well as the woodpeckers that I like so much and they've all been very welcome. Because it's been such a hard winter, I've also been visited by the sparrowhawk, who I think might have been more interested in the little birds than my supply of nuts and seed. I hope you can see him here perched behind the green feeder. One day a buzzard came into the garden, now that was worrying, fortunately he didn't stay long. Quite a few pheasants call by, they are beautiful birds but they do cause damage in the garden, particularly pulling out newly planted seedlings. Then there are the really unwelcome visitors that hoover up under the feeders.I could do without this little guy in my garden, I'm blaming him for the crocus and bluebells that were beheaded before they had a chance to flower. I've also noticed that mice seems to have been collecting bird seed and storing it in the greenhouse, there was quite a pile in there. Finally there are the grey squirrels. I don't mind them taking a few nuts but I do object to the way they either chew through plastic feeders or demolish wire ones, they seem able to unpick the mesh to make a way in. Last week I bought two seriously squirrel proof feeders, I'd been putting this off because I don't like the look of the ones with big cages round them and I thought only the little birds would be able to get access but needs must. After a display of acrobatics and frustration trying to get into the new feeders, this squirrel resigned himself to clambering onto the bird table where he did clear up a lot of the seed that the birds leave. I think I'll let him get away with that unless he starts to demolish the table.