This is probably the first year I have really watched what goes on in my garden. There is so much activity out there and since writing this Diary I am finding that I have only been slightly aware of it all. I never considered before what the visitors were actually doing as they scurried about on the ground or darted into my hedge. I filled up feeders and experimented with different foods to see what would happen - just as I would experiment with plants.
What happens? If you build it they will come, a title used in a previous post taken from the film Field of Dreams, is actually so very true. Providing different foods attracted different birds which in turn brought others. I didn’t particularly set out to build a garden for wildlife but just by planting small trees and shrubs I began the process of creating areas that would attract it. This could even be created on a balcony with pots.
A surprise, shown above, came yesterday morning when I saw a female Blackbird taking nesting material into my Sulphur Heart ivy growing over my pergola. I didn’t think it was thick enough for a nest. I set up the video camera to see if I could see where it took it and saw it took great mouthfuls through into it from the top. So much goes on that we can miss. I no longer just glance out of the window to see how my plants are doing I now look out to see what is going on in my garden.
Expect the unexpected. This is another phrase I could use often to describe activity in my garden. Last weekend we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw a Jackdaw landing on the small hook that our nest egg hangs from. It had a job keeping its balance as it pulled and pulled at the nesting material in the egg. We were watching from the window but it was too late to catch it on film. It finally went away successfully with a very large piece of material and we were both amused and surprised when we saw exactly where the material went. It flew over our hedge and straight to our neighbour’s chimney – then we saw it stuff this large piece of material into the chimney! I have since seen it again near our nest egg and I have also seen it at the chimney with what looked like a role of A4 white paper.
The video, shown above, was taken in my garden on April 8th 2007.