Twitching

     Have you ever noticed how we are bothered with the small things in our lives? My garden has, for the past several years , been devoid of birds. Largely down to the local cat population. The exception was a pair of blackbirds. They over wintered nearby, feeding on the bright yellow berries of the pyracantha at the bottom of the garden. This spring saw two of the worse feline predators leave the area. Low and behold, the birds have returned ! Sparrow, finch, tit, robin, wren and blackbirds! 3 pairs of blackbirds, with a couple of singles in tow! They breakfast, lunch and supper off the pyracantha fruits, at this rate the bush will be stripped bare before the onset of the coming winter!
 
 
 
The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
He’ll sit in a barn and keep himself warm
and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.

 

As for the merl of Blackbirds – who knows ?

Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Oh wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king?

The king was in his counting house counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!
 
Last friday was the social event of this towns year –

the switching on of the christmas tree and lights and quite predictably it rained. There can be nothing more miserable than trailing around cold, wet streets, children in tow, treating them to £2 fair rides, the duration of which, appears to get shorter each year. 
I for once watched the fireworks display from the comfort of the castle kitchen, being somewhat higher, faces towards the town centre, with a glass of red wine in one hand and a mincepie in the other.
 
town tree 2006
 
 
Only 21 days of commercialism to go before the Winter Solstice.
 

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4 thoughts on “Twitching

  1. Well Laird,You know why I took down my bird feeder (remember the river rats?).  I miss my Purple Finches and Chicadees.  I am seriously considering putting up some sort of feeder for the birds.  At least I can have another subject to shoot with my camera. 
    Speaking of cameras, I have been seeing all of your photo updates on my update page.  You must be getting comfortably proficient with your new toy. I can\’t wait to peruse them.
    I was interested to see if the words of "Sing a Song of Sixpence" were true to my recollections.  Except for the substitution of "pecked" for "snapped", it is exact!  Quite a feat when you consider the hills and dales, rivers and ocean that had to be traversed to make it to my childhood memory!Hoping you are staying warm and comfie, at the Castle,hugs,Sheila

  2. Well Laird,You know why I took down my bird feeder (remember the river rats?).  I miss my Purple Finches and Chicadees.  I am seriously considering putting up some sort of feeder for the birds.  At least I can have another subject to shoot with my camera. 
    Speaking of cameras, I have been seeing all of your photo updates on my update page.  You must be getting comfortably proficient with your new toy. I can\’t wait to peruse them.
    I was interested to see if the words of "Sing a Song of Sixpence" were true to my recollections.  Except for the substitution of "pecked" for "snapped", it is exact!  Quite a feat when you consider the hills and dales, rivers and ocean that had to be traversed to make it to my childhood memory!Hoping you are staying warm and comfie, at the Castle,hugs,Sheila

  3. The Blackbirds chase the  Song Thrushes away from my garden, yes we should make pie\’s out of them.  

  4. Hello Laird,
        Well… we get a few birds here but of course it is too cold right now so I don\’t see them at all.  I think this spring I would like to put in a hummingbird feeder though and see if I can attract them. 
        I kind of laughed at your entry.  I remember in one of the homes we lived I had a huge garden.  We had planted a peach tree.  One morning we got up to find a deer in our back yard.  We all watched it from inside the house and adored it\’s beauty……… TILL it went over and started EATING my little newly planted peach tree.  Then I\’m freaken out and went out and chased it away.  heheheh… Oh well.. Hope you enjoy your day.  Vallerie

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