This post is the second in my Tree Following series, part of a wider project run from the Loose and Leafy blog.
Since my last 'Tree Following' post I have another bird to add to the list, namely the Starling. The bird visited the feeder on 9 March, missing my first bulletin by two days. It returned on 14 March with a mate. The Great Spotted Woodpecker has only been seen once this month.
|Starling and Robin onSilver Birch feeder|
I am not sure what variety of Silver Birch I am following. What I do know is that these trees are considered a good choice for small spaces between houses because their root systems rarely interfere with foundations. I recall a song we used to sing round the camp fire at my Brownie pack meetings in about 1970. It was about North America and ran thus,
'Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver,
where still the mighty moose wanders at will ...'
I was surprised to discover much later on that the Silver Birch is also one of our British native species. The Silver Birch is monoecious, meaning that it has male and female flowers (aka catkins) on the same tree. I will hope to post photos of these in due course.
|Base of the Silver Birch|
And now for a couple of diary entries.
Diary entry for Monday 17 March
I was 'tree watching' when a Blue tit landed under the branches of the Silver Birch in front of me. It pecked around in the soft grass and moss for a moment, and soon its bill emerged full of a large bundle of nesting material. It flew up to the tree, by-passing the coconut halves, and landed on the circular feeder. I was expecting the bird to take the nesting material into the feeder through one of the Blue tit-sized holes, but instead it allowed its nesting material to drop to the ground and began instead to feed off a fatball inside the feeder.
Diary entry for Wednesday 26 March
Was it only yesterday on my blog that I commented on the spring weather, contrasting it with a year ago when the garden was covered in a blanket of snow? Well, this morning put paid to my optimism. A wintry shower arrived out of a sombre sky, sprinkling the undergrowth at the base of the Silver Birch with a dusting of hail. The feisty Robin was the first bird to alight on and flutter around the coconut feeder, and for a few moments it felt like Christmas.
|26 March: a sprinkling of hail around the foot of the tree ...|
This is my round-up of species seen so far (on, in, under, over or around the Silver Birch):
TFb1: Great Spotted Woodpecker [March]
TFb2: Great tit [March]
TFb3: Long-tailed tit [March]
TFb4: Blackbird [March]
TFb5: Song Thrush [March]
TFb6: Blue tit [March]
TFb7: Robin [March]
TFb8: Magpie [March]
TFb9: Wood Pigeon [March]
TFb10: Dunnock [March]
TFb11: Starling [April]
TFi1: Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly [March]
TFi2: Buff-tailed Bumblebee [March]
TFi3: Brimstone Butterfly [April]
TFi4: 7-spot Ladybirds [April]
TFm1: Brown-Lipped Snail [March]
TFf1: Snowdrops [March]
TFf2: Daisy [March]
TFf3: Dandelion [March]