Wednesday, 14 March 2018


Just when we thought winter had dealt it’s final cold blast, the ‘Beast from the East’ is returning, with more Siberian winds.

Luckily the birds are not in full-on nesting mode, but they certainly have been scouting for sites and one pair have been roosting overnight in one of the nest boxes.

Unfortunately the camera is not working in that box, so I’m not sure which bird it is although, given a pair of blue tits have been spending time around the box recently, I suspect it is them.

With both cameras seemingly down, an investment in another one is due, although depending on when it arrives, and the length of the cold spell, I might avoid the nest box in which I suspect the blue tits are planning on taking as a nest site.

Plenty of bird activity around the feeder, with the peanuts and seeds being favoured by most.

The robins are even feeding when we’re quite close, so I hope one day soon I can show my young girls how tame they can be.

The flora has taken the end of the cold spell to mean it can introduce buds and start the blossoming process, but I hope it’s not left too damaged by this new bout of cold weather.

The clocks spring forward soon, which means better opportunities to witness the wildlife in the evening, and not marginalise the viewing until the weekend.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018


So winter is unfurling a severe cold spell, just as people started to think about spring.

With snowdrops, crocus and daffodils all blooming in the garden, and many other places, Siberian winds are bringing the most serious winter test to wildlife.

The local birds appear to have already started to pair up – blue tits, blackbirds, robins and long tailed tits have all been seen in pairs in the garden over the weekend.

They, along with dunnocks, great tits and house sparrows, were making the most of the free food on offer, before appearing to greet the new batch of bird seed and peanuts with a variety of chattering in the bushes and trees, while I filled up the containers.

I suspect the feeders will need to be topped up a couple of times in the coming days, depending on just how cold it gets and for how long.

Hopefully this big freeze will not affect the buds known seen on most small trees, including the fruit tree in the garden. Only time will tell

We’ll probably find out in a few weeks, when the trees start to blossom fully.

The weather is probably making some winter visitors, from colder climes, wish they’d stayed put!

Will the garden get snow? I doubt it very much, but the cold will certainly see some casualties among the wildlife, sadly.

Hopefully the food being put out, the shelter (through nest boxes and bushes) and water (unfrozen) will help most, if not all, wildlife survive until spring.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


The recent cold grip of winter has meant plenty of action on the bird feeders in the garden.

The most popular feeder by far is the peanut one, while the seeds feeder just outside the garden is regularly finished off within 48 hours.

While the birds regularly feeding in the garden includes blue tit, great tit, robin, blackbird, dunnock, long tailed tit and goldfinch, the house sparrow flock is rarely seen.

I presume this is because they’ve found a bigger flock and therefore a bigger resource of food nearby, possibly around the farms nearby.

One of the more interesting developments is there appears to be two blue tits regularly checking out the garden in general, with some focus on the main nest box area.

I saw the main nest box, I mean the next box that’s had a nest in for the last ten years, being eyed up, but who will get there first?

Will the blue tit pair secure the nest box this year? It would appear they are favourites, but only time will tell.

I suspect the house sparrows will return and nest in the triple nest box, while I’m more hopeful of a robin pair selecting one of the hidden nest boxes, perhaps the one in the ivy that has been trained to grow down one side of the garden.

In the meantime maintenance on the nest box cameras now becomes urgent!