DO GARDEN BIRDS HAVE GRANDPARENTS?
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 23rd April 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
I have blogged about the Blackbird family in my garden before.
They are a great source of entertainment for our grandchildren, especially at this time of year.
The reason I mentioned them before was because they were sorting their four youngsters out. Consequently they obviously ended up as empty nesters. So like all responsible empty nesters, what do you do? Have another family.
Mummy Blackbird has laid another clutch of eggs and the pair have hatched them out. From Friday the father and mother could be seen very actively collecting food from my lawn and garden and constantly popping backwards and forwards into the hedge that holds their nest.
It got me to thinking you never see grandparents involved with birds and animals. Their lifestyle is different to human lifestyle. If that was humans, grandparents would do at least half the food gathering.
In the bird world they teach their off springs to sing, find food, avoid predators and fly and then have nothing more to do with them and just leave them to it.
There is no childminding duties for grandparents.
Our garden has always been a hotspot for birds to make their homes, thank goodness. We get Blackbirds most years. We’ve had Starlings, blue tits, sparrows and back in the 70s thrushes. We’ve even had birds of prey call in and eat their meals on our lawn, but never nest.
Out of any birds I would so love to have a Robin’s nest. Over the years I have put out so much food to try and attract them and the occasional Robin’s Nest Box. But they abuse my hospitality and generosity by having a fine dining experience with the food I leave but then nip back to nest in some neighbouring hedgerow.
There are two beautiful Robin specimens who regularly dine with us at the moment.
We used to regularly have a pair of pigeons who used to nest in our conifers until we inconsiderately cut them down, causing the pigeons to sulk and go elsewhere.
The pigeons are not as cute as the Robins or as melodic as the Blackbirds. However, they did entertain with their antics. They were considerably over sexed, or should I say the male was. I cannot speak for the female as she never seemed to have much choice. But they used to be at it everywhere: on the garden shed roof, on the fence, on the house guttering, on the chimney pot, on the hedge, on the lawn and in the honeysuckle, amongst many other places.
With our grandchildren observing the birds it is probably best they have vacated the garden.
I performed my first lawn cut of the season on Saturday. Lawn cutting allegedly brings worms to the surface as they think the sound of the mower is rain. Yes, stupid aren’t they? So the birds know this and descend on the lawn after the cut, to gather food.
My grandsons were mesmerised by the birds and insisted we do a worm dig and harvest to feed them.
We found hundreds of wriggling, giggling worms. I was instructed to do the digging and my grandsons gathered.
I was not sure that what I was doing was productive, though, as I realised the boys had dug a hole in another part of the garden and as fast as I was digging the worms out they were putting them into the new hole. Then, the worms quickly burrowed out of sight down into the clay soil.
My grandsons assured me the birds would find them, ok.
I find it fantastic that my grandchildren are able to enjoy nature and the countryside in this way and it is proving to be an excellent April, weatherwise for them to get the most from it.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Happiness is…relaxing in an English country garden
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Love is…a necessity, not a luxury
TRACK OF THE DAY
In Dreams – Roy Orbison
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