It’s been a while since I have written about nature in our garden. This is despite the fact that, like most people with gardens, I have been here for most of the time recently. The pandemic caused that we are not travelling far. On top of this, I am currently stay- at -home mum, living on a budget. Most likely, it was spending time looking at the birds and insects with my son that caused that I have not been writing much recently. I have been too busy being (BEEing! ) rather than doing.
One of my son’s first words was “Bee”. This is still one of his favourite words, he keeps on repeating it every time he sees an insect either as a statement (“Bee!” ) or as a question (“Bee?”). I do wonder whether he can actually see a difference between various species, such as for instance flies and bees. Surely, he can see how much more beautiful bees are. He can see that they are yellow and black. Then he also calls butterflies “BEE”, despite seeing their rainbow-like colours. But maybe to him, all insects are equally beautiful. Maybe he does not judge as we do. Us adults, we think flies are dirty and mosquitos bite. Wasps sting. Moths eat our clothes. But everything in nature has a purpose. Recently, I read that as species are declining, it is crucial that we try to save all of them, even the ones we consider worthless. Everything is connected to each other and to us.
It is amazing to watch a toddler admiring nature. He loves watching birds. Now, we have an abundance of them on our feeders. In our garden, we have one bird box occupied by blue tits and a bird box occupied by great tits. There are a few fledgelings. One day, I counted six blue tits and four great tits on feeders. I have not been able yet to establish whether they all live in our garden or whether some of them are visitors.
There are at least two regular chaffinches coming to our feeder. I am grateful that they come as I read recently that chaffinches are in decline in the UK.
From the nearby majestic oak tree come Great spotted woodpeckers. There are at least three regulars. There is an adult that comes with its fledgeling and one that comes by itself. Unfortunately, they fight with each other. Woodpeckers are very territorial birds. Watching them taught me how cruel birds can be. They fight over the nuts even though they could share as there are two feeders. There is enough for everybody. They fight just like humans who want more and more money, goods and food despite having enough. Instead of working together, they work against each other. Even though they belong to the same species. Just like people, birds can be greedy too. But they have no agenda. They are just being.
The images are taken by my Solar Dark Spypoint camera