Gertie’s Garden, March 2nd 2018.
I picked out this random day from a week that has been snow and bird filled, in the garden. I watched each day thro’ the window. Robin came, and Gold finches dined next to a lone Collared Dove which earlier in the week had been in residence with its mate. I haven’t seen two together now for at least three days. Sometimes they liked to sit atop the bird feeders together.
There were at least half a dozen Goldfinches flapping around .they seem to squabble a lot and one large one in particular, doesn’t deign to share the big feeder with more than one other bird.
The Collared Dove just sat quietly and watched, when it had had its fill of
seeds. This one sat as accustomed, in the hanging basket, until a Chaffinch joined it and poked about behind it … disturbed, it decided to go!
The Chaffinch seemed cock-a-hoop ! I had the distinct impression that it had been annoying the Collared Dove as it picked at the seeds in the basket behind it.
Mrs. Blackbird appeared on the path, rooting around in the frozen ground.
.The Collared Dove returned later and alighted on the bird feeders.
Also, later in the afternoon, a squirrel came into the garden and rampaged about, raiding the bird seeds and filling up its fat self, watched by a Blue Titmouse.
It’s the same squirrel as has been before, with the tail stripped of fur down one side. I wonder what horrendously painful accident that was caused by, poor critter! Sometimes it comes with a second one and the pair of them raid everything in sight. They are incredibly agile!
In some ways it was a strange day. I felt the non-appearance of the accustomed dove pair, and wondered a bit sadly….????….and other glimpses of well known visitors were sometimes shrouded in a snowy mistiness.
At one stage, after more snow had fallen, a Goldfinch deigned to share its perch with a hen Chaffinch!
I found it faintly comical, the way they nibbled their Niger seeds, studiously looking away from each other …in truth, probably keeping a watch for other birds… the birds are constantly twitching and looking about!
The potted fir on the balcony, became covered in snow.
The tiny Coal Titmouse visited, and there were Great titmice too, but I missed photos of them and the daily Starlings.
What I did manage to photograph however, was a gorgeous woolly Fox that wandered around as if it owned the place ….. could it be a revisit?
We had seen it run through the garden several times before but this was the first time this week, that I caught it on camera.
Then, seconds later, behind the Ribe hedge, in the adjacent garden we I saw a very small, slim fox. It ran up steps to a balcony then after a few seconds, came down again and disappeared over the back.
Was it a young adult, a cub from a late birth last year? It seemed too small to be a Vixen, but ….. it was a fresh and beautiful critter.
The day’s viewing left me with questions, and anticipation too.
Anne ….. Gertie’s Garden Diary for one snowy day, 2nd March . 2018.