SEVEN FEMALE pheasants in the garden at lunchtime: one of them keeps bursting into
a flurry of raising its tail and spinning around. A display not, as far as I could
tell, directed at the other birds in the group.
A couple of weeks ago an impact shook our patio windows. A sparrowhawk had swooped
straight at the window. It flew to perch on the bird feeder, recovered then flew
off out of the garden. It left a precise powdery outline of breast feathers and outspread
wings on the window.
There was a report only last week on how house sparrow numbers are continuing to
decline so I was delighted to see 7 or 8 of them at lunchtime, gathered along the
rim of the bird bath.
I’m glad that I cleared the pond at the end of the summer. It was frozen over this
morning but this afternoon a blackbird was vigorously bathing in it.
On Wednesday at Scalby Mills, Scarborough, against the low morning sun, we saw a
flock of ducks about 100 yards out to sea.
We were surprised when we discovered that they were all wigeon; about 100 of them.
Blackbirds - 2 or 3 at a time - are taking the golden hornet crab apples, occasionally
joined by a jay which will pick an apple then fly back to the wood with it.