The starlings I think have got used to putting a lookout up on my roof or television aerial, as they’ll be one bird there when I go out with mealworms and by the time I’ve turned round and come back in, probably a dozen or more, with others appearing from bushes and nearby gardens. They certainly enjoy them and will usually fend off any other birds that come and try and get in the feeder tray to eat their snack. The squirrels are still busy eating the peanuts and they now seem to have damaged the top rim of the peanut feeder although the rest of it is made of metal. I’m not sure how chewing the top of the feeder is really going to release any peanuts but there you are.
The blackbirds are more in evidence and I see them down in my holly bush at the bottom of the garden late afternoon probably about 4:30pm at the moment, which is nice to see again. I’ve seen at least one robin hopping about and possibly an adolescent as well and the adult will normally be sitting in my cobnut and will jump back a little when I go out with the food, but then comes down to grab a tasty snack before the starlings arrive. When the starlings have left the garden for the day, I’ll pop out and put a few morsels out for the robins, again showing that I’m a bit soft.
Just before the weather turned colder I made sure that all my tender plants were tucked up inside for the winter, but I will still have to clear leaves from the garden. I’ve not seen any sign of hedgehog activity this autumn and again this week haven’t seen any foxes or evidence of their activity. A few neighbours have been posting on social media that they have found odd shoes and trainers in their garden or they are trying to find the second one to make up their own pair.
Written by Margaret Emerson