They aren’t rare or unusual but sometimes your “neighbours” are the backbone of your wildlife garden.
I might despair at the squirrels for stealing all the bird seed from the feeders and trying to steal eggs from nests, but in the depths of winter five minutes watching one methodically searching for buried nuts in the lawn helps to lift a grey day.
That goes for Robbie as well who visits our windowsill about four times a day, no… not the Take That heartthrob with the tattoos (I think he’d find it hard to balance on our windowsill), this one has very skinny legs, black eyes and a red breast. The only thing they do have in common is a very cheeky personality!
The birds in my garden are really important to me. Before we moved to this house the previous owner had fed the birds for over 40 years. There was no way I was going to stop, there might have been an “urban extension” bird-riot.
As you can probably tell I’ve been playing with my new EcoWatch camera over the last few days, and have been getting some shots that I didn’t expect. Here is one of our local robin in flight before he lands on the fat-feeder. You can practically count every feather. I hadn’t realised his wings were quite this beautiful!
This is just a quickie before I go to bed. There’s been a lot of publicity in the papers about a white breasted robin in Dorset. However, I have my own white-breasted robin!
The film clip above was taken by my CCTV camera very early in the morning (while the camera was still in infra-red black and white mode), hence the white-breast. He looks like he’s having a lovely bath and I love the way the water ripples in the light!