Taking a bath

I finally managed to find my phone in time to make a video of a pigeon having a bath in the pond. Unfortunately, I can’t get it to work in a blog post, so here is a picture of two pigeons foraging instead.

It was a veritable party out there. When I first spotted the pigeons, they were by the pond. And not alone. A lady blackbird was having a drink and lurking in the yarrow was what I believe to be a sparrow.

I rushed to get my phone but by the time I got back there was no sign of the sparrow or blackbird, though the latter had actually moved to the back of the garden. In any event, I was so pleased to see several species rubbing shoulders like this.

I was also pleased to see a nice big patch of nettles

when I collected my vegetable share from the local organic farm. The farmer had said she would be more than happy for me to pick as many as I want, considering they do grow in abundance if not exterminated by herbicides.

If more people were willing to eat the nettles, the fact that we have now had no rain for nearly two months would be less of a headache at the farm. All the salad stuff has bolted and even though this week more has been planted, it is unlikely to be cut and come again.

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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18 Responses to Taking a bath

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    Birds seem to ignore ones from other species but fight their own kind-blackbirds don’t seem to like each other much, but sparrows get on fine.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I was surprised by the pigeons foraging together 😊
      Maybe it depends on the pigeons – I’ve seen groups of them being fine together by the pond but then turn on a newcomer.

  2. Pidgeons often seem to be happy with company. I used to watch them on the station in Bristol all squabbling over the crumbs but not at all territorial. I have plenty of nettles! Usually I would be picking them but there is so much self seeded chard and kale that I don’t need to. My daughter overheard my ganddaughter and her friends discussing food and adults who made them eat horrible things like greens. My granddaughter trumped all the other by saying ‘Well my Mam-gu made me eat nettles!’ carfeully not mentioning that they were in soup!

    • Helen says:

      Is ‘mam-gu’ Welsh for ‘grandmother’?

      I think I prefer nettles to chard and make to be honest. My daughter has decided nettle soup is tasteless but that could be because I put less black pepper in last time….
      Returning to the subject of birds, and pigeons in particular, the neighbouring leylandii are packed full of feathered families. Clearly, personal space isn’t that much of an issue. And come strawberry season, there may be crowds of female blackbirds at the end of the garden. Certainly, social distancing won’t be on their minds 😉.

      • Yes, Mam-gu is Grandmother in Welsh. When my son (who’s first child is the oldest grandchild) asked us what we wanted to be called we decided to use the Welsh terms as we knew none of the parents in law would want to use them.

  3. I’ve had troubles posting video to WordPress myself. I finally started uploading them to YouTube and posting a link from there. I’m glad you had bird activity in your pond. That’s delightful. I didn’t know you were two months without rain? Isn’t that unusual for you?

    • Helen says:

      I’m glad YouTube has worked for you, Alys.

      Anyway, yes it is undoubtedly unusual to have no rain for two months at this time of year. Traditionally it is supposed to rain particularly in April! But a rainless April seems to be becoming the new normal…

  4. Pigeons are friendly flying rats

  5. We love eating nettles where I am. Lucky they grow so abundantly! Did you know you can use them in other ways too – for example – to make yarn from the plant fibres? It does seem crazy that they are not considered more useful.

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