Thursday, 7 April 2016

New Tenants

I put up a House Sparrow nest box a couple of years ago.It was tucked away in a quiet shaded corner but seemed to be ignored.

 I was sitting in my study when I noticed a Sparrow collecting nesting material

. It flew upwards in the direction of the box and I went upstairs to check.

Watching, through the window. from the other side of the room meant the bird was completely unaware of me. She came in and out a couple of times and I left her to it.

Although people think of Sparrows as noisy, streetwise birds, they can be quite secretive when nesting.

It isn't unusual to  hear a Song Thrush singing when I'm in the garden, and quite often I find broken snail shells at the back of the garden, but for some reason we seldom see one  on the lawn. This one didn;t stay in view long, but there are a lot hidden feeding areas.

A splash of colour in the trees was the Brambling that's been around for a few days, I've only seen one, and I suspect it been the same one each day.

Although I have given the grass a "long" cut it is still long enough for the Bramblings head to disappear while it's feeding.

I think that there are two different Wrens in song round the garden. One spends time in the tangle that was the Rose Arch and one around the Top Pond.


Derek Faulkner said...

So far, I have six House Sparrows nesting in my garden, another onslaught on my feeders coming up next winter.

Tony Morris said...

Dwrek, did you keep a "flock" through the big drop, 10-5 years back, or did yours stay constant?

Derek Faulkner said...


I've certainly had a constant flock of c.30-50 birds for the last 5-6 years but don't recall 10 years ago, I don't keep garden bird records.