Hello friends. My cold still hasn’t gone away, so I spent some time just relaxing in the garden today. Well, relaxing might be putting it a little too strong. I took my camera out with me in the hope of getting some dramatic pictures. I might have mentioned before that the magpies who have a nest in one of the trees in the mini forest next to us are not very popular with their neighbor birds, which are doves and a some others I’m not sure about.
I think the problem is that the magpies don’t mind stealing the other bird’s eggs. The other birds, large and small keep a constant watch on the magpies every movement. The magpie chicks have just hatched out and magpies are very busy feeding them. Both the male and the female are making many flights back and forth, while the smaller birds are attacking them when they leave and when they come back. Fortunately none get hurt and the magpies just get harassed.
So it seems that while we ‘smart’ humans have been unable to cope with the rise in crime and prefer to catch our criminals after the fact and then eventually punish them, the ‘much less intelligent’ birds have managed to work together to actually prevent crime. Of course this requires vigilance, cooperation, active participation and some courage. We humans are of course capable of doing all of those things too, but not necessarily all at once like the birds.
I waited and waited for the perfect shots, but eventually my battery went out so I had to put it on the charger. Right after that the perfect opportunity presented itself. Oh well, better luck next time maybe. The pictures came out pretty fuzzy. I am getting a little better at it though.
The first photo shows one of the magpies Leaving it’s nest. The next one is of the magpie being attacked in mid-air by one of his neighbors.
I wanted to show you our rhubarb plant.It always does well. Here it is pictured alongside our flowering bush (Ribes Sanguineum).
And finally our neighbors beautiful ‘Blood Beech’ tree (Fagus Sylvatica) which just got it’s leaves out very recently. The leaves will soon turn dark red (think oxblood red)
I hope you good folks have found something of interest here . I know it’s pretty thin, but I figure that folks who are a little reticent about posting might get their courage up to do the same after seeing how little I usually come up with. Thank you for reading and have a nice day.
-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian