Today my partner (Susan) and I finished off the restoration of our garden after the ravishes set on it by the storms of Winter 2015/16. The almost constant storms brought down 8 Garden Panel fences, destroyed a fair few feeders and damaged two water features. Remedial work had to wait for dry days which we got this week. During the hiatus the famed “Chez Walter” bird feeding station was abandoned by its once colourful clientèle. Over the past 4 days we have been visited by a Magpie (Pica pica), Robin (Erithacus rebecla) and Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus). Yesterday some Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) paid a raid visit to grab meal worms. However they were seen off by the Magpie. Today, whilst we were doing the clean up (washing the slabs) we were made aware in no uncertain terms of the displeasure of a male Balckbird. I think he was upset that his bathing area was not yet in operation, nor had we left out his usual fare. He paid a revisit about 5 pm and carried out a full inspection of the refurbished garden. I think we passed his rather thorough check up, we will soon find out tomorrow if he uses the water feature as his shower/bath.
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Canon 50D, Sigma 150-500 zoom