I’ve finally edited some photos to share and there’s so much to catch up on!
The robin above was on that little table (our tea table usually down the garden) on our patio, very close to our patio doors. We’ve had the table there to dry it off so I could paint it, and over the bad weather we started putting a bit of food there. We’ve had robins, blackbirds, and Dunnock brave proximity to us for a snack.
During painting, and drying, the table was in the shed, so instead I put up this old work table thing I now use for potting.
I kept the water dish under the patio cover to prevent it freezing, though it was cold enough it did a few times. As I’ve said before the heated bird bath was fine, but this one below froze a lot.
Between the frosty days and the recent snow, we’ve managed to get out and do a bit of work. We’ve topped our birches and done a little more pruning before nesting starts. I’ve already put out nesting wool – I’m using the last of last years CJ Wildlife nesting wool, I have some collected sheep wool out, and this year I’m trying out Alpaca fleece.
Our sparrow terrace needed a new roof. We took it down last year after nesting and the roof was blown. We know it was used last year by blue tits, so I was eager to get it back up in time with a new roof. So recently we cut a new one and salvaged some plastic from an old square compost bin were are throwing out to fix on top in an effort to keep the water off. Hopefully next time we’ll have some roofing felt to use. That box is now back up and ready to go.
I received a butterfly house for my birthday last year, but whatever wood it was made of wasn’t fairing too well. So that’s painted and ready to go again now as well.
And we have popped our nest box cam back into a nest box, this one is on the middle post of our patio cover/roof.
Signs of spring are popping up, including my planter of tulip and crocus!
I have a few plans for the garden this year, but not as much as previous years, we’ll see how it goes.
Tiger is still on her diet, and is gradually losing weight 🙂 Hopefully soon we can get back to normal – squirting medicine into her face twice daily has become old.
So that’s it for now. How’s your patch, what are your plans? Has spring sprung for you?
Oh, and I’d never heard of The great backyard bird count before recently, had you? It seems to be a global bird count like the RSPB birdwatch. It’s on the 17th – 20th Feb if you want to take part.