Saturday, 14th February 2004
Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
It hops in from the field, then hops out again. It doesn't stay long but it would have been long enough to clear row of seedlings, had it been here a month or two later. I'm going to have to incorporate protection from rabbits into my plans for the vegetable garden.
Robins are getting together - there are two on the ground feeder this morning and, unlike on previous occasions, they seemed to be getting along fine: they don't spend their time chasing each other off. Tradition has it that birds pair on Valentine's day.
I haven't quite got the hang of these cute confections, have I?!
A neighbour had a pony find its way into his back garden. It was the black and white one; the new arrival that gets bullied by the two resident ponies. Getting it out again was a problem until our neighbour thought of bribing it with a carrot. The pony immediately followed him back into the field.
Unusual but thoroughly welcome visitors: three greenfinches perch on the hedge. One, a bright, fresh-looking male, tentatively flies to the nut feeder.
The peanut feeder hasn't been as popular as the seed feeders this
winter but earlier this week a grey squirrel tried to make
off with it. We'd wired the feeder in place but it managed to detach it and
was setting about finding a way into it when we spotted it.
well; back to rubbing down doors with steel wool . . .
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org