Blue Tit Big Brother

And other stories from the garden

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The Scilly excursion

Since this is a blog about the wildlife in our garden it seems only right to say a few words about the wildlife in our garden of the moment. Right now we’re on holiday and ‘our garden’ is the gorgeous St Martins Campsite on the Isles of Scilly. I first came here 40 years ago, […]

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Around the garden

Time for an update on the rest of the garden… The mini-meadow is still not a blaze of beautiful wild flowers, but it’s a lot better than it was last year. There’s clearly a lot of different species of something in there—it’s just that it’s mostly leaves at the moment, so I’ve no idea what […]

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Another sign that spring is coming. The frilillaries that we planted last autumn have come up around the pond. We noticed them last Friday, but just haven’t had time to get a photograph until now. Here they are… Hopefully they’ll be more wildflowers to come.

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Frog porn?

After watching a DVD yesterday evening (Beowulf—not nearly as bad as the opening scenes suggested it was going to be) we flicked the TV over to see if anything was going on on the PondCam. Three pairs of eyes glowed bright in the infrared light. After a while there was a good deal of splashing […]

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A fight brewing?

Welcome back! The 2009 nesting season is almost upon us and things are looking interesting around the nest box. Over the winter a great tit has taken to roosting in the box most nights. We’ve been wondering what would happen come spring. Lately, a pair of blue tits have been hanging around quite a lot. […]

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The garden is flourishing and the wildlife is moving in. This hedgehog appears to have taken up residence—he spent the morning asleep under the young cherry tree. He moved under the hedge pretty swiftly when the nephews arrived and were peering at him a bit closely. There are plenty of frogs in the pond. Most […]

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The garden develops

Things are starting to look great in the garden now. The brown mess that was the lawn after it had been scarified is now lush and green, and the new area of lawn is starting to look a bit like a lawn. The wild flower meadow has been a little disappointing. We’ve had no flowers, […]

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First signs of a nest

We’ve just turned the telly on to discover that several pieces of moss have appeared in the nestbox! We’ve been getting a bit despondent about the blue tits’ on going failure to do anything resembling nest building, so this is excellent news indeed. Unfortunately, although we recorded four hours from the camera this morning, it […]

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Catching up

We’ve been away from the garden for a while with a week of husky dog sledding in Lapland, and then the best part of a week recovering from it! You can read more about our arctic adventure at our holiday blog, Gone mushing. We did make sure that we set the video to get a […]

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The garden makeover

The blue tits continue to pay regular visits to the blue tit big brother house, but just like the real big brother they rarely do anything interesting or different to the things we’ve already seen. There’s certainly no sign of nesting, and given that it got down to -7°C last night, that’s hardly surprising! It’s […]

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