My gardening season finally got under way today. The sun was out most of the day and it actually felt warm. It was lovely in the garden – I didn’t even need a coat in the morning. The birds were singing, I believe, although I couldn’t really tell as The Traveller had decided to power wash the patio!
I pruned the roses, planted some new lavender and dug up lots of weeds.
Then a very funny thing happened. I was walking to the compost heap at the back of the garage and I disturbed a small bird that had been in the Japanese garden. On the way back I disturbed it again. Strange, I thought, as I couldn’t think what it had been doing there – twice.
So I kept watch and sure enough it returned a third time.
The eagle eyed among you will have noticed our old mirror placed behind the middle bamboo, just to create an illusion of space. Yes, you have guessed it, the female chaffinch, as that what is turned out to be, was totally engrossed courting its own image in the mirror. I wonder how it discovered it in the first place? Now this might be understandable if male and female chaffinches looked the same, but the males are really quite colourful. This did not seem to matter to the female. She was so carried away, pecking and chirping, that I was able to get quite close.
In the end I took pity on the little bird and covered the glass with a piece of cardboard. I hope she finds a real mate soon!