Arriving home from the school run this morning I encountered this little fellow sitting happily on the bird feeder enjoying the sun. Squirrels are not a huge problem for us, we have one who only makes a sporadic appearances so it's always rather nice to see him/ her. I wouldn't want more and I do limit the amount of time he is present on the feeder. In fact, the feeder was advertised as squirrel proof....
Clearly not. Some people have no respect for advertising.
I wrote a few days ago about how the sparrows were nesting in the eaves above J's window. Sadly something has happened to the nest because the babies are no more. M suspects a rat and I'm sure he's right, so to that end I have purchased Mr and Mrs Sparrow a brand spanking new and uber posh Sparrow Des Res, known as a "Sparrow Terrace" (but I'm thinking of changing the name so any suggestions would be welcome). It has three houses inside it, and to be honest it is considerably larger and heavier than I had expected.
I had a chat with them both a few evenings ago when they were sitting together on the roof and asked them what they were planning to do about re-nesting. Mr S said they would just re-use the old nest of course, given how long it had taken them to peck out the hole, but Mrs S, with whom I have a close relationship (something to do with her flying in front of my nose most days and expecting me to get out of her way), tilted her head at me and looked dubious about that plan. I said I would buy them a new house which could go on the wall and would therefore be relatively safe from predators.
Goodness knows whether they'll use it, but they do look about ready to start nesting again so M (who left at the crack of dawn for a meeting in London this morning) will be up the ladder this evening when he gets back fixing the new terrace on the wall. He doesn't know this yet. After that we'll keep all out fingers and toes crossed for a safe nesting, egg laying, hatching and fledging of baby sparrows.
The only other bird-worthy note I have to add is that the pigeons have decided against the wisteria nest for some reason this year and instead have plumped for a new one in the beech hedge. Teddy does leap about barking at them when they are in the other one so perhaps they are hoping the new setting will be quieter. Dougal has already discovered it and sits on the lawn staring at the hedge, but Teddy doesn't seem to have noticed so far. Let's hope it stays like that.