Friday, February 20, 2009

Pigeon Post

Final update: The vet called a few minutes ago. Percy made it through the night but had suffered nerve damage down one side, so would not survive in the wild. They've put him to sleep. Ah well, I tried and it's not as if pigeon's are in short supply around here. There are a couple of hundred flying around at any one time. I'm sure his/her mate will have already moved on ... I did see a lone pigeon in the garden yesterday.

And just as I write this, three goldfinches have flown into the buddleia opposite, feeding on the old seedheads. Oh, now you see them, now you don't they've flown off already.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bloody Cats!

I found a woodpigeon in a sorry state when I went out to go to the Post Office a few minutes ago. It was flapping about on the patio with a nasty hole in it's back - presumably where it had been pounced on. I heard the guilty culprit scrabbling over the fence, so that's why the cat's in the frame rather than the sparrowhawk, who I think would have made a proper job of it.

It took some catching, as it still had plenty of strength and obviously nothing wrong with it's wings. Incredible thumping in it's chest when I picked it up. I've put it in the shed, wrapped in a bit of fleece, as I couldn't bear to put it out of it's misery and besides, you never know it might be a superficial wound ... it might last the night! More likely, it'll expire quietly but at least it's out of the way of the cats.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Nest Box Challenge

Each year the BTO run a Nest Box Challenge. If you've got a nest box in your garden, then why not register it and report any activity through the year, whether it's just visiting, nesting and fledging chicks or even if it's not used at all.

Register your nest boxes today and keep an eye out for blue tits, great tits robins or even sparrows around the boxes.

Blue tits are now looking for potential nesting sites and will be checking out your boxes. It's too late to clear them out in case you disturb a new nest. Under bird protection law nests can't be cleaned out between 1st February to 31st July.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

A Charming Surprise

A lovely treat this afternoon when I took a break for lunch. Four goldfinches in the garden. Three on the niger feeder and one loitering on the seed feeder before joining the others as all four squeezed onto the same feeder.