It’s been relatively quiet in my garden in recent days; a Song Thrush seeking out snails under the trampoline and an early morning visit by a female Pheasant being the highlights. But these first days of warm Spring sunshine always encourage me to head out into the garden and start planning for the year ahead. For me this almost inevitably means thinking about what I should be doing for the birds that visit and entertain. I admit I almost think of it as a ‘co-owned’ space these days, it’s as much theirs as it is mine.
One of the best things I did a few years back was ensure that I had a source of water they could use, linking up one of the conservatory drainpipes to a small water feature has enabled me to provide natural water year-round and the local birds take full advantage now. Garden birds take on a different character around water, Blackbird lean forward in repeated yoga-like movements to drink. Fluffed up feathers and the splashing water created by bathing birds make great subjects for photographs too if as many do now you like to try and capture pictures of some of your garden visitors. If you don’t already have a bird bath or fountain it’s well worth thinking about adding one this Spring, in the Summer months finding a regular source of water is as important as finding food especially if our summers keep getting warmer.