Filed under Birds

A Regulus ignicapillus in the hand

A Regulus ignicapillus in the hand

Our dining room faces onto a small patio facing the front garden.  Water and food is placed on the patio for the birds to eat, drink, bathe and generally frolic for our amusement summer and winter. We get large numbers of sparrows and tits with the flock mentality of one for all.  This means that … Continue reading

Is It Spring yet?

Is It Spring yet?

Recently we have had a few rainy days and the mornings were misty.  I have, therefore, been a the little late feeding our visitors with whom we share our garden.  I was not talking about the bees for once, but the birds.  Before Amelia and I even finish our breakfast, they gather outside our dining room hoping … Continue reading

Give Nature a Home

Give Nature a Home

We have a RSPB sticker on the car that says “Give Nature a Home” but we mean in our garden. Today this young Great Tit (Parus major) appeared in the living room under the fireplace.  I’ve no idea how it got in, probably when the French windows were open. He was quickly scooped up and … Continue reading

La pigeonnière

La pigeonnière

A lot of birds come into the garden.  Some visit only seasonally, others are here all year round.  At the moment two couples of collared doves honour us with their presence and one pair has nested high in an old elm in the back garden. My grandfather kept pigeons or “doos” as they are called … Continue reading

A bird in the hand

A bird in the hand

One has a tendency to marvel at nature, at the wonderful accomplishments of simple creatures. But let’s face it – they make mistakes too. In my opinion it was all the sparrows fault.  They have a tendency to flock down on the patio and then when one decides to leave the others all fly off … Continue reading

Hoopoe rescue

Hoopoe rescue

My solitary lapwing is still visiting.  He has now trained me to re-hydrate dry puppy  food and put this outside the living room door.  I hope he appreciates them as much as the other birds do. The glacial weather continues in this normally clement area of France, it was -13 C this morning at 8 … Continue reading

The solitary lapwing

The solitary lapwing

During the past few days I have noticed a solitary lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) in our front garden.  I found this rather strange as I have only seen them previously in flocks during cold weather in the nearby fields.  I admit to having a special fondness for them as they recall my childhood following my father … Continue reading

Wren rescue

Wren rescue

Last night my husband opened the patio windows at 8 p.m. to clean and upturn the wild birds’ water container so that it would be ready for a re-fill in the morning.  He nearly stood on something cowering on the window step.  It moved slightly and he thought firstly of a mouse but on further … Continue reading