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Thu 17th January 2013 21:46 by Peter Pearson
Soon be Spring
Hi Graham and all and a belated Happy New Year too. It’ s strange that as soon as something is said about the weather it suddenly does a U-turn. Prime example the drought last year, the mention of a hosepipe ban and the heavens opened. You said about it being mild and wham a white carpet. It did look spring like though with the daffs breaking ground and the snowdrops in bud, we even had leaf burst on the ornamental elder and a honey bee or two searching the garden for the odd blossom.

Don’t knock the collared doves we used to have about 18 visiting us, now we are down to three. Although we put out food, our garden bird numbers are virtually nil, the odd chaffinch and greenfinch, two or three sparrows, the odd dunnock, a couple of robins and a few blackbirds. We seem to have two problems, someone nearby has a flock of about 50 tame pigeons that strip the feeders as soon as they are filled and there are also sparrow hawks in the area that make passes through the gardens taking prey as they go and scaring off the rest.

Haven’t been out much recently, just a brief visit to The Walls where there were plenty of waders and wildfowl.

Look on the bright side spring is just around the corner.


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