Wednesday 8 April 2020

A little garden birding

Or perhaps more correctly, a little birding in the garden.

Shortly after Our Lass drove off to work this morning, a pigeon pottered about the hard standing. The species is Columba livia, from where all feral pigeons are descended. This one could have a few more of the original Rock Dove genes in it, but it's difficult to be sure just where it sits on the sliding scale of Feral Pigeon/Rock Dove.

This is a Common Gull, perched on a fence post after recent rain and scanning the ground for any invertebrates tempted out by the damp conditions.

After I had mown the wildlife triangle the other day, the local Starlings didn't waste much time in taking advantage of the opportunity for a bit of foraging.

I have a friend who is meticulous about cleaning the guttering on his house, often rather precariously to my way of thinking. At Tense Towers, I never bother. The birds are very efficient at this task.

And yes, we have to tie our bins down due to the meteorology.


Katie (Nature ID) said...

Hey Graeme, it's been a while since I've commented on your blog. The blogger pop up comment box took longer than usual and there was a status line at the bottom stating, "performing a handshake" with ? I didn't recognize the name and don't remember who it was.

Anyways, I had to laugh at how you're tying your bins down. For the stormy weather? So far, we've been adding bricks on tops of the lids to keep raccoons out of our currently used garbage bin. We've never had a problem with raccoons before, but we now share the bins with new neighbors. I gave them a printed guide on how to recycle. Sigh.

Imperfect and Tense said...

Hi Katie, Welcome back! There have been several changes to Blogger of late, the benefits of which evade me.

Aye, our bin problems are meteorological, not raccoonological.