It’s funny how old habits creep up on your when you’re not looking. I stopped my 365 project after ten years in November 2018 as I wanted a break from the grind of daily shooting and posting. Since the lockdown started I’ve had much more time on my hands so I’ve slipped back into my 365 habits – sometimes even posting more than once a day! This doesn’t feel like a bad thing though as it’s giving me a focus for each day, alongside the little bits of teaching and other work I’ve been doing.
Today I spent an hour or so in the garden this afternoon, armed with a long lens and some mealworms. Having strewn some mealworms around on the grass I took up a spot behind the rose bush, sitting on the grass, in the sunniest, warmest spot in the garden. A couple of years ago I noticed a pair of blackbirds regularly visiting, so I christened them Bernard and Brenda. I’ve no idea if the blackbird I saw today is Bernard, but I’m pretty sure his Mrs is sitting on a clutch of eggs somewhere nearby. He comes down, stuffs his beak with mealworms before disappearing for a couple of minutes and then returns. He’s certainly bold and wasn’t particularly bothered by my presence.
The blue tits, by contrast, are a little more reticent. They’ve definitely taken up residence in our bird box and have been coming and going regularly. Today they made a few visits to the feeding station but aren’t quite as fearless as Bernard. However, this little one watched me closely from the holly tree and I’m hoping they may become braver as I spend more time in the garden.
21 April 2020