The Birds think spring is on the way

Despite the cold weather (heavy frosts for the last few days) the birds seem to think that spring isn’t that far away.

The days are starting to get longer and the birds are starting to look for nesting sites with the blue tits and great tits taking a look inside the nestboxes.

In the last few days, the little flock of long tailed tits have been coming to the bird feeders and feasting on the suet more frequently. We’ve also had redwings, tree creepers, nuthatches, coal tits, a few parakeets as well as continuing to see blackbirds, crows, magpies, robbins, wood pigeons and a host of other casual visitors.

Long Tailed Tits

Its really good to see everything starting to brighten up.

On the downside, the pigeons have had the broadbeans so I’ve had to buy some more seeds to sow at the beginning of February to start the year off but I got that along with some farmyard manure which will be spread on the rhubarb and raspberries when the weather warms up a bit.

Mentioning raspberries introduces an interesting point. We bought some raspberries from our local market the other day (tray of 20 punnets for £2.00 so cheap). Having sorted through them sorting out the 2 kilos that weren’t mouldy in any sense, we threw the rest out for the birds. They’re still there, nothing has eaten them. Either its the fact that they’re mouldy or birds & squirrels don’t like raspberries (a fact I know isn’t true, the birds and squirrels have my raspberries before I do).

Anyway, that’s it for now. Hope you are all preparing for spring will have a good season.