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!