Posted: 28/02/2015 at 11:48
Buttercupdays that's great, I love the Goldcrests, They're actually one the more common birds, but you wouldn't think so. I see them occasionally at the bottom of the garden in the hedge, most of the time you mistake them for a wren, it's only when you see the yellow as they dart about.
Yeah, the larch wasn't the first non-native you'd expect in there but it's got 4 stars for food value and five for Mycorrhiza and on the Total list better than the native Hornbeam, Holy and Yew! I've got a 4 meter high Scots Pine that has plenty of cones for a young tree and as you say the Finches love it. We get Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Siskin, but I also put out Niger and sunflower seeds for them. You're lucky to have seen the Green Woodpecker, I saw them when I lived in South East Lancs, but no here in County Durham, I've only seen one Jay here. We've had Redwings and Fieldfares visiting too but not this year, the Guelder Rose is still laden.
sand8 So glad I could help. Which college are you going to?
How great to have Buzzards. Haven't seen those up here yet but I'm sure it's only a matter of time now. We get the Long tail and the Cole Tits. They're like little puff balls on a stick. The pheasant doesn't come very often to the garden now since I've got two Jack Russells and the pheasants aren't the nimblest of birds to get into the air. Oh that reminds we had Partridge one year. I couldn't believe my eyes. Try to add a meadow if you can with Nightflowering catchfly, the bats spend ages flying up and down our garden at night. I'm not saying they only come in our garden but sometimes I think they know where ours starts and ends.
I finally added a pond at the end of last year. I'd decided not to because of the dogs, I thought they'd be in in all the time. Anyway I could hold back any longer so I went for a preformed small one as better than nothing. The dogs have been great, both fallen in once and I've only twice had to tell them off for 'digging' the water so I which I'd done it when we first moved and gone bigger. Oh well. Still I hadn't finished the pond, it was filled and planted, but was still making the bog garden and hadn't edged the pond when dragon flies were already laying eggs. I had to physically move one who was insisting on laying in a 'turf cave' made when I dropped a couple of turves while aiming for the stack. I hated the idea of those eggs not getting a chance to hatch as they were scheduled for being buried. It was great to get a good close look at her though. She was so beautiful. Her wings were like crystal and her body covered in emeralds, totally amazing! You don't appreciate just how wonderful some of these little creatures are from a distance.
Well, thank you both of you for your replies. It was wonderful to hear your stories. Hope I've not made too many typos, not had a chance to check it.