Nest Building

Beak filled with strings of
grass and clumps of fresh green moss;
nest building blackbird.

Spring Joys

Bumble bees busy in the rockery,
insects buzzing around the trees,
birds flitting from feeders to shrubs;
my garden is full of Spring joys.


singing songs of spring,
hidden in the trees,
birds rejoicing.


violently waving,
flexing and bending.
Birds swing on branches.


and red,
beautiful little birds
come to the feeders;

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Holly with red berries
now cut and in the shed.
I got in quick before the birds,
they're welcome to the rest.
Soon I'll bring it in the house
and bedeck the hall,
begin the merry-making
and wish all a blessed Yule.
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I am taking my usual Christmas break so this will be my last post until the New Year. I wish all my readers the happiest of celebrations over the coming weeks and hope you all stay safe and healthy. See you in January.


Blue-tits flit quickly
back and forth to the feeders,
filling their little bodies
against the cold,
as the year slows down
for the long sleep of winter.

Ready to Burst

The sun is shining,
the birds are singing
and magnolia blossom
is ready to burst.
What more could you want?


Missed by the birds,
a few red berries
linger on the holly —
ruby surprise!


my new
nest box. Off
to tell the wife.

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I’ve been galvanised into action by this blue-tit! In the garden border directly below the site of the nest box there was an azalea which had died. I left it there all last year in the vain hope that is might somehow not really be dead and show signs of new life. It didn’t; so I had to admit it needed to go. Aware that once there was a nest in the box above it might not be a good idea to risk disturbing the birds by gardening underneath it I decided now was a good time to dig it out, before the blue-tits finally took up residence. I have replaced it with an evergreen shrub that had self-set in another part of the garden. I just hope my actions haven’t put off the birds!

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