Gobbling up the crab apples

Last week, I was concerned about a moulting pigeon. It looked in a tattered state with its head and neck feathers gone and seemed to be hanging around the garden rather forlornly.

However, I now know why it is spending so much time perched on the raised bed wall or another favourite, the Ribston Pippin stake, featured above. Basically, it is making sure it is safe before indulging in the crab apples which have been falling from the tree.

There is an abundance of crab apples this year but not enough to make jelly, so I may leave them all for my garden visitor par excellence.

It’s a shame I have to go into the garden at the moment at all, as this scares the poor bird. I see it scuttle down the path when the back door opens and once it closes again it stands for some considerable time on the path right at the back to be sure it can venture forth. If only it knew I am trustworthy!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to Gobbling up the crab apples

  1. gaiainaction says:

    Lovely late summer garden. Love your pigeon.

  2. Your current crab apple post has no box for comments. We leave ours for the blackbirds. I hope the poor pigeon survives

    • Helen says:

      Thank you, Derrick. The pigeon has been by the back door when I get home over the last couple of days but I think it has been there for the rocket rather than any kind of comfort.

      Re the comments box, it looked fine in preview but obviously it wasn’t okay.

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