Despite the battering our Phormium (
A good number of birds have been visiting the garden; blackbirds; thrushes; robins, wrens, and many of the finch and tit families.We are also fortunate to have reed buntings, sparrowhawks, kestrels, and a woodcock, though admittedly some of these are just passing through or overhead.
This is the third year I have participated in the Birdwatch Ireland Garden Survey. It is a useful exercise, both from a national and local perspective as, through comparisons of data, birds can be identified which are increasing or declining. In our garden here at River Cottage, due to the fact we don’t tidy up in Autumn, or use pesticides or herbicides, and feed peanuts and mixed seeds, the birdlife is flourishing.
Mid- January here was very mild and very wet with sunny spells; daffodils and crocuses were almost in bloom. March also came in with severe storms. this set us back clearing up our raised vegetable beds. Then I had to do most work in April.This year we sowed first early potatoes – Orla - recommended for organic growing. Our usual onions, Sturon, and yellow shallots were sown - they always give good yields. I have used a lot of organic seeds where possible as they are suitable to our wayof growing under ‘Bio-fleece’.