The First Day of Spring
Today, 20th March 2016, is officially the first day of spring in the UK.
Well, winter seems to still be keeping a cold grip so far. with only two or three sunny warmer days last week.
Yesterday morning, I was sitting in our back garden reading and drinking a breakfast coffee, when I spotted delightful House Sparrows frenetically flying about among our garden bushes, looking for food and more importantly for them, nesting material to build their nests. I have watched starlings do the same too.
Male House Sparrows foraging for nesting material – photo by PH Morton
This activity always signals that spring is in the air, especially for nesting birds;)
I witness the antics of the birds coming to grips with various sizes of twigs, dried grass/leaves and other suitable material foraged from our and other local gardens.
Some birds seem daft as they hold the material in their beaks, then get the urge to communicate with other birds tweeting away nearby, and so drop their hard-won twig etc often from our house roof gutter!
Each spring, sparrows used to nest in a small hole in the eaves of our house roof in our back garden. These sparrows were subsequently dispossessed by larger starlings, who will once again move in this year.
We are fortunate to have a reasonable size population of House Sparrows in our local gardens as sadly they are in decline in many parts of the UK.
We think that having many bushes, and some trees in our and neighbouring gardens which provide food, safe habitation and location for nests for garden birds helps keeps the local sparrow population stable
We also have our garden robins, who also nest in the bushes.
Our pet budgerigar hears these birds singing through the window and will noisily cheep & twitter back 🙂