Our garden is still full of birds. We have starlings galore – third brood perhaps? And woodpeckers are having a great year. They’re sometimes on all three nut feeders at the same time. I’ve invested in a squirrel-proof feeder (see below) – which was a bit daunting to set up, but definitely works, and all the birds are now using it. We’ve also put up a squirrel feeder box, but they don’t seem to have worked it out yet – just lift the lid, guys!
Meanwhile there’s now a lone moorhen on the village pond, totally surrounded by ducks – the original first brood have decided they have squatters’ rights. We feed them most days and some of them realise corn’s coming as soon as they see us! It’s so lovely that they are welcome in the gardens close by, and don’t have to cross that busy road too often. Traffic is certainly building up again – which is another inevitability I suppose – hey ho!
Talking of ducks, a very belated thank you to the young Duck-Hero of Newpound Lane. A local lady heard a duck calling loudly. Following these anxious sounding calls, she found a duck running up and down by the deep drain not far from her gate, and to her dismay saw ducklings ignoring the mother’s frantic calls and disappearing down through the holes in the cover. Luckily, help was recruited from the house across the road. Our hero settled down beside the drain, managed to lift the cover, and carefully retrieved every last one of those terrified little bundles of feathers. Hooray! They were swiftly gathered up by Mum and led away to safety. And most of them are now happily waiting for corn by the pond! So, thank you, D-H!
PS Apologies to Three Lane’s End Farm (for the extra path!)