September 1st 2014 07:05
In other news around the yard, I recently spent around an hour doing serious pond maintenance. I removed chunks of overgrown grasses and pond-plant, removing a lot of stenchy murky water and replaced about 2 dozen buckets of water. Less than a minute after i went indoors, a large flock of starlings and sparrows landed and the blackbird families re-entered 'their' territory to see what I had been up to. Much splashing about in the bird bath meant I had to go outside again ten minutes later in order to top that up, but mostly the sparrows dust-bathed in my newly seeded veg plot.
It turned out that there were 2 baby pigeons born in the tree in August, as well as another brood of sparrows, a robin, and some more blackbirds. I have been fascinated by 'Wings', the young pigeon that does not exercise its wings properly. By the final week of the month, it was still having difficulty in standing on one leg to stretch its other leg along with the wing - although it seemed to have learned it should attempt this acrobatic feat.
I am hoping that parent pigeons will not shoo it away too soon, as Wings has sat lazily meditating on the branch staring at me when I approached with a camera - or even when I opened the window and put seed on the sill. No fear...