As I sit writing this the robin, who frequents the garden, has brought its young to feed. It is a wonderful thing to see when the chicks are grown enough to leave their nests. I feed the wild birds throughout the year and year after year I see birds bring their young to feed in the garden. Bird feeders are best placed in the shelter of trees. This way the birds feel security and can pop in and out of the foliage for their feed. I find suet cakes and sunflower hearts go down well in the garden and bring a diverse range of birds. Bird baths are also a good addition especially when it is as warm and dry as it has been lately. Over the years I have noted the following bird sightings in the garden:
Blue, great, coal and long tail tits, robins, tree and hedge sparrows, wrens, gold and bull finches, mistle thrush, black birds, crows, magpies, wood pigeons, collared doves and starlings.
The RSPB have a handy guide to help you identify birds you might see whether they be in your garden or when you are out walking.
Not only is it helpful to the birds to provide water but bees and butterflies also like hydration along their way. Did you ever find a bee stuck in your house? They try their hardest to fly through the glass window or door and really tire themselves out. Not only can you help them by opening the window but if they really are exhausted and a small amount of water is given to help them to help them rehydrate, they really will be thankful. Speaking of bees, apparently there are a species of Asian hornets that have been spotted in the UK. We have hornets native to the UK, but the Asian hornet can be detrimental to the UK bee population and so the NNSS have been requesting that any sightings be registered with them. You can find further information by clicking the link below.
The compost heap has begun in our garden. We had an old dustbin that I have been fortunate enough to have and use. I toyed with different locations in my garden. I wanted somewhere accessible but discreet. A place where it would get some sun to help with the breakdown. I settled on a spot behind the chickens coop. That way it’s close for when their coop is cleaned and is somewhere, we would have easy, convenient access to throughout the year. I only have one bin currently as I need to locate another vessel. Hopefully, next year there will be some lovely compost to use for planting.
Along with the gardens growing, the chickens have grown massively. Not only are they living in their coop fulltime now, but they have also been free ranging in the garden. The ladies have supervised runs in the garden and they love it! Supervising them allows us to keep an eye on any feline activity as we still think that the chickens are too small to defend themselves sufficiently. Mavis, Chicky and Belle have successfully ransacked some of the garden plants. I fully expected this as they love to search for bugs using their dinosaur like feet as an aid. I am fast to learn what they don’t like, so that I can fill my borders up with more of their undesirables as I am keen to try and retain a garden that they can forage in but also looks pretty.