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.