Thursday, 14 May 2015

Red in tooth and claw!

Sitting outside in my garden is proving an interesting experience. Last week I saw the rooks that nest in my chimney doing their Spring cleaning. They would disappear and come back out tugging a tuft of bedding...drop it onto the path and go back for more. I watched this process carefully and when they'd finished I examined their bedding....mostly dried grass, some leaves and some hair....the hair was interesting...some of it was my colour of mouse but also some golden hair was mixed in. I don't know how often rooks spring clean but my golden retriever died three years ago....

Nearer to home where I can see it from my office is a small ceramic pond...I fill it with water and watch it go every Spring. It often has baby toads in it so I devised a platform for them to be able to get out after finding an exhausted one previously!

This year we have baby newts...two so far. I think mum must have left a few eggs behind!

I have put them a scallop shell to climb out on...home must be a proper pond a hundred yards away...

Apart from the bridge I am not interfering at all.....nature red in tooth and claw must be allowed I think...I have no idea what eats baby newts!

But the demise of quite a lot of snails has brought an unchristian joy into my life this week! Obviously the perpetrators were thrushes but I got up one morning to a whole line of smashed snails on my path dropped from a great height judging by their poor crushed shells.

All of this and I saw my first swallow yesterday.....

It's never dull up here!

 

2 comments:

  1. Interesting that you have an unusual number of snail houses with no occupants. I have observed the same thing here, and so seldom see a thrush that I think it must be some other bird, or animal.
    I have a 'resident' crow, a great spotted woodpecker and a jackdaw, as well as all the more usual visitors but have no idea who or what is eating the snails. Long live their appetites I say.
    Garden watching is an absorbing hobby but the time available to indulge in it is limited.
    Enjoy, and as Shaw Taylor used to say "Keep 'em peeled".

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    1. You have got me thinking now.....I haven't seen many thrush around either....a crow might be the suspect....but in any case I hope they carry on!

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