Sadly two of the allotment foxes have been found dead in recent weeks one of which was Missy, a long time resident female. We think that there are at least two still around, and last week I certainly caught a glimpse of a dark haired one with a white tipped tail. If there is snow here in the coming weeks then I shall take a walk round the site to look at the fox tracks which will be visible criss-crossing the site.
At home the trees and shrubs are now mostly bare making it much easier to see the birds out front. That’s one advantage of this time of year, especially as I’m spending more time armchair gardening. I scatter a mix of crushed peanuts, seed, porridge oats and crumbled fat balls on top of two brick pillars and the ground along the path every morning and watch it get eaten throughout the day. I was really pleased to see a pair of great tits earlier in the week, but wonder if I will in future in view of this disturbing article. It’s been good to see two robins rather than the usual one, and two blue tits which never seem to stop flitting about. An usual sight was a pied wagtail working it’s way along the service road.
Among all the doom and gloom, or dross, in the news I came across this fascinating article – The secret contents of secondhand books, and the comments are well worth reading.
Have a good weekend!