Birds and bathing…….

I’m trying not to be too depressed by the lack of summer weather here – it’s cool but not damp and if its not going to be warm I’d rather have some rain!  The dry weather has meant that all of our ponds are desperately low, with the exception of the two small ‘mini-ponds’ which are easy to fill with a watering can.  One of these, just outside the back door, is used constantly by birds for both drinking and bathing and the local bullfinches, still feeding on seeds around the garden, have become bold enough to use it which is wonderful.  I never tire of seeing these bright, beautiful birds which are surprisingly acrobatic in spite of their dumpy shape.  Nuthatches too use it frequently for drinking, but I have never seen one having a bath!!

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 and her bird food company at
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