Butterflies, Birds and Plants!

Last night after much thought I accepted the ‘free years membership’ offer by Butterfly Conservation, I got a combined one for myself and David. I am just waiting to hear from them with membership details. The only downside was that I had to set up a direct debit, which I don’t like. Must remember to cancel it next February!

Today was another ‘Spring’ like day 🙂 As I was walking to work I saw a black and white Tit shaped bird fly over me, was it a Long-tailed Tit or a Pied Wagtail? I will never know!

I had a short day at work today. I got home after 1pm and a little later in the afternoon I saw the Dunnock couple. The Dunnocks were feeding in the ground cage but the stupid Pigeons chased them away 😦 Both Dunnocks dived over the wall separating both homes! I am sure they have nested in next doors Laurel bush. The problem is that it’s a student house, I hope they don’t sell it as any new neighbour would surely cut the shrub down. 😦

I haven’t seen the Robin of late, shows you that being a bully doesn’t always mean that you get the pick of the nesting sites! Well done Dunnocks! 😀

The Blue Tits were very active in the warm sun today flying about and playing in the Buddleia. 🙂

Since it was March, I thought I’d order Mums mothers’ day and birthday gifts. I ordered some plants for the back yard. I spent £38 but I think they were more for me and the garden than my Mum lol 😛 I ordered a Cotoneaster, six Lavender plants and and six Straw Daisies (Michaelmas daisy), all I hope will attract bees, butterflies and be food for birds come the Autumn.

Wasted Day Off! :(

Wednesday was my day off work. David also took a day off and we went to a pet shop in St Helens that said they had Gouldian Finches. They had more than Gouldians!!!!, They had Owl Finches and wild Gold Finches and Siskins! I was amazed and yet, felt a bit sad for the Golds and Siskins as many people on ‘British Garden Birds‘ say that they see them in the ‘wild’ in gardens around the UK. We sat outside the pet shop for about an hour debating whether to get the Goulians which were £80 for a pair!

‘Should we get two males because we think we have two male Societies? Should we get a male and female and see if they breed? Will the male Societies get on with the Gouldins? Will there be any fighting?’ These were some of the questions that were voiced. I wasn’t so sure that I wanted to add two more Finches to the cage, surely it would change the equilibrium? Chocolate and Caramel have just got used to their cage, wouldn’t the introduction of another two Finches cause more upset?

In the end we drove home Finchless, but we still hadn’t come to a proper decision!

We spent the rest of the day languishing at home. David harassed the Finches by putting his hand in the cage wanting them to get used to him and I tootled about the yard topping up bird food and putting water out for them. I stood soaking up the warm rays of the sun and listened to the Blue Tits playing in the tree opposite. I also saw the Dunnock singing but never saw him eating.

Thursday was a gorgeous bright ‘Spring’ day. My heart was so uplifted with the sight and warmth of the sun. Even work didn’t feel like a chore it sometimes feels. I got home after 3pm and Chocolate and Caramel were jumping, flying and singing in their cage. Outside on a chimney pot a Blackbird sang so beautifully, I was overcome with emotion!

(Picture right: Can you spot the Finches?)