Rain is good…isn’t it?

The poor weather continues but it hasn’t stopped the garden filling up with young birds (or new species – a tree pipit at the moment) and the feeders are emptying faster than you can say ‘fledgling’!  Young sparrows, greenfinches, blue, great and marsh tits, chaffinches and mistle thrushes are all feeding around the garden and this morning I saw a great spotted woodpecker carrying peanut fragments to a youngster in the copse.  It looks as though nesting has been very successful for some of our regular species, while others, especially the swallows, can’t even get started.  Other nests are still in use and I’ll continue to try to get a picture of the bullfinches as they dash into the hedge about 3 meters from my kitchen window – no luck so far.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk and her bird food company at www.JustAddBirds.co.uk
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