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Unusual Birds

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 21:42

Unless my geography's much worse than I think - I doubt you'd see them in Oxfordshire. They're only winter visitors in most of Britain (only resident in the north east of Scotland where they're common on our hills) and in the south, really just the eastern side. 

Could they be finches of some kind which have escaped from a private aviary?

What is your weather like?

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 21:16

It's a lovely clear starry night nut. Not to last - rain and such coming in by tomorrow night  - just in time for the weekend 

Robins holding up business

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 20:51

Last year a couple of sparrows brought their two offspring to my garden to show them off. They skiddled about along the fence. Very sweet really 

Unusual Birds

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 20:49

Snow Buntings aren't as small as tits or finches.

Where do you live StillLearning?

What is your weather like?

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 20:43

Nice nut  

I've just been out briefly to collect something, and it's already only 1 degree, so looks like it may be chilly tonight 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 19:02

Hee hee - we nicked all the nice weather today 

But I was at work  

Pleasant in the sun too - about 7 degrees - positively tropical for March here!

Lyn - our council, in their infinite wisdom, have now decided the ridiculous 'plastic hessian style bags' we get for recycling are to be replaced by bins. At least we'll no  longer have to trail down the road looking for them on windy days. I can use them all in the garden instead 

Saving my muddy lawn

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 18:03

You'll have to make a choice - either no dogs on it, or allot them a space to run on. If you can't do that or don't want to do that, it's the usual process of improving drainage and  re seeding  as Verdun says, coupled with the correct cutting advice he mentions. 


Posted: 09/03/2016 at 18:00

Falling on deaf ears I think....

Ideas for front garden/drive

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 17:51

Do you mean the bit on the right that has some bits and pieces growing just now?

Euonymous would be fine there - it's pretty robust in any situation. A few spring bulbs as well. You could have an edging of thyme if the soil's free draining and it's sunny-ish. It won't mind being driven over occasionally either 

Robins holding up business

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 17:47

But how lovely Verd  

At least they won't expect doughnuts from you...

The little house at the corner of my road, diagonally across the road, has lots of lovely shrubbery and fence covering climbers along the side of their property, so I think most of the robins and blackies etc are nesting in there. Much as I'd love them to come and nest here, I don't have enough cover yet, so I'm happy to supply meals and a bath for them  

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