An English Garden Week 3

A weekly journal of the wildlife visiting our garden on the edge of Sheffield.

One of a pair of Robins darts in quickly and is off just as fast.

Right on the doorstep of one of the largest cities in the UK, our garden provides a haven for wildlife. Heavy industry has been lost over the years but some still remains in this city renowned for it’s steel.

We try not to tidy up too much, giving insects somewhere to hibernate, and encourage the native flora to provide for bees and other pollinators. We try to strike a balance so the garden becomes useful both to us and the wild populations around the area.

This week we have seen a fluctuation in temperatures. The early part of the week was spring-like, the second half dominated by Arctic air coming in from the north.

The Snowdrops were rimed with ice…

Iced Snowdrops defy the chill.

…in spectacular high rise formations.

High Rise Ice formations.

The ever present bright red breasted Robin is always a friendly and inquisitive visitor and certainly enjoyed the high energy pellets we put out for him. We were pleased to see both the male and the female, which bodes well for the spring.

Robin on the Berberis.

Many of the birds rest on this berberis before flying to the feeder. The thorns and evergreen leaves provide useful protection and cover. The bright orange flowers look lovely in the spring and the berries provide food later in the year.

I couldn’t resist taking a shot of this blackbird keeping a beady eye on me as he hoovered up the fallen seeds below the feeders. The bright yellow beak and ring around the eye contrasts sharply with the dark glossy feathers.

Blackbird gathering seeds below the feeders.

The feeders are still keeping the smaller birds happy as the temperature dips at the the end of the week. Plenty of Coal Tits have visited, their black hoods decorated with white patches at the sides and nape. They are much less flamboyantly coloured than the Great Tits which have the black stripe down their yellow bellies. The coal tit has a beige front without a stripe.

Coal tit watching warily while feeding.

Next week will see the arrival of March and a predicted plunge in temperature . Heavy snowfall is expected with Arctic air holding sway. We expect to be putting out plenty of food and keeping water topped up and ice free.

26th February -4th March 2018 here now.

Award winning Artist and Photographer still learning and evolving. Blogging the journey.

Award winning Artist and Photographer still learning and evolving. Blogging the journey.