Posted by: Ross Gardner | February 13, 2017

Blue tits and garden plants

It has been a winter in Southeast England that has not really got going.  A few dustings of snow of periods of cold. Looking back through my notes and the word ‘mild’ makes a regular appearance when describing the prevailing conditions on a given day.  Having said all of this said, the last week or so has been one of those decidedly cold spells.  All the more surprising then, was the sight of a blue tit taking a particular interest in our garden nest-box.

Nature though is rarely ever still in this temperate land of ours.  Something is always stirring in preparation for the next phase in its life-cycle.  The female blue tit won’t be sitting on eggs until April, the inkling will be murmuring within long before, as well it must.  Not that I’m trying to suggest at all that winter is on the wane just yet, rather to say that ours is a tendency to sometimes overlook the flow of life until the change seems immediate.

Elsewhere in the garden I have found the point made.  Clearing back some of last summer’s Geranium litter revealed the fresh, tender-looking shoots of the coming year already pushing through.  So to the Sedum with their tight clumps of curled leaves which had been emerging amid the stems holding up last year’s flower-heads.  What else is stirs with us ever realising it?

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A blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus – taken through the kitchen window!) at the nest-box last spring. Ross Gardner 2016.

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