Robins, Roses and Rodents.
28 November 2016 20:41:40
In recent times when I go outside, I am usually reminded by a robin that some food is required. When I put the bird seed into the feeder, he is in and picking away with the seed. Recently I have noticed a second robin, at another feeder. Sometimed a few collar doves come down for the food and the robin tends to fly away. However when I stay around, the robin tends to come back and is less scared of me than of the doves. To day was milder than others so I got at putting in some more Pelargoniums. As I did, I noticed the robin searching around where the pots containing the plants were. Apparently, there is something more tasty there than the bird seed.
The roses that were so good this summer and autumn are almost exhausted now. They were great during the flowering season. It is hard to think that in a little over a month, I should be pruning them again. In recent times, I start the pruning in January. There was a time when I was doing this work in February and certain people told me it was too early. Then Gerry said that it could be done in January and I was pleased to take his advise. Now I have the roses in bloom earlier and I believe better quality.
A few days ago, I was opening the front door and there was a rat in front of me. He immediately ran away and that was an idea. I took out the rat poison and put it insde a plastic pipe and made sure that the small birds would not get at it. I had mentioned in the journal some time ago that the domestic cat could be a worse preditor than the magpie so I took Dick Warner's advise and put it out of my mind to acquire a cat. I feel that when there is no cat around, that the small birds would not be in danger so the rat poison is the remedy.