Shrinking Violet

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Where are all the birds ?

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 22:45

Good idea re the cage over the ground feeding tray.  I don't put food on the ground, except for the apples, because of the marauding pigeons.  But I'll give that a go - hopefully the blackbirds will not be intimidated!

Where are all the birds ?

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 17:10

Instead of putting the peanuts in the wire cage type of feeder, they are in a little house-like structure, which means that they stay dry.  The tits swipe a whole nut at a time and fly off to eat it.  Shame insofar as we don't see them doing their acrobatics to eat the nuts, but at least they don't go mouldy, which was happening with the traditional feeders.

Sunflower hearts and mealworms - yes, the most expensive, but bringing in a wide range of blue tits, great tits, coal tits and long-tailed tits, as well as dunnocks, sparrows, robins etc.  Blackbirds and thrushes enjoying the apples thrown on the patio, and we have seen one goldcrest (briefly) and - a first for us - a waxwing!  Unusual in the west, I believe, so what that says about the winter ahead of us, I dread to think!  But the birds are costing us a fortune!  (And I don't begrudge them a penny).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 17:03

Showers today in West Somerset - showers of rain, hail and sleet.  Brrrrrrr!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 22:45

A much better day today - only a few showers (though it is raining again now) and the worst of the flooding seems to have subsided.  Amazing how nature moves in at great speed - saw egrets and heron trying their luck on a flooded field!

Yes, we are the village between Exmoor and the sea, and Porlock is blessed with its own microclimate, which often means the worst of the weather hits the hills rather than us.  But the water has to go somewhere, hence the flood plan being in place!  The stream (well, river at the moment) has had banks strengthened etc to try to prevent the flooding that happened in the past.  Seems to be working (fingerscrossedsmiley).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 22:22

Still raining - but not as heavily as before.  We avoided the floods, but the next village came within an inch of being deluged.  Several other places have fared badly, but the week's forecast is for colder but drier weather thank goodness.  (If anyone saw Countryfile today, you will have seen us as the first village to have a full flood action plan in place.  How lucky we are to have avoided the worst).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 16:03

A brief respite today and the sun has helped to dry things out a bit.  Managed to get into the garden, and plant up some tubs with tulip bulbs.  Now that felt quite therapeutic - but, oh dear, there's more rain on the way, and it's clouding up right now.

(Mario Lanza, Frank - was one of my mother's favourites.  Such a shame that his career was short, and his voice was never fully exploited.  But his recording of some Christmas Carols is still a delight every year!)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 17:08

West Somerset:  wet.  Very.     windy.  Very.  Roads flooded, garden sodden.  For once the weather forecast was spot on. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 23:16

It was even worse today - thick fog in places that didn't lift all day.  Tonight it's raining.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 20:02

Dark, damp, dank, misty, murky. 

No sun.  No warmth.  No let-up in the misery.  November!

(with apologies to Thomas Hood who penned the much better, November poem!).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 15:28

A bit distracted for the past few days - but latest update from the West country (ie West Somerset) is - grey, cloudy but -  "hold the front page!" - dry!!! 

Grass grows longer (still) but is too wet to cut.  Toadstools pop up all over the place - oh, well, it is autumn!

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