Saturday here was glorious, Sunday returned to winter and today has been Spring again. We spent the Spring like days in the garden, enjoying the sunshine and joyful carolling of  birdsong. This is a garden where a Song Thrush entertains  us at dawn and for Evensong, a rich, honeyed sound capturing the promise of Spring. Over the river someone has a peacock. It has started calling loudly and I am glad it is half a mile away,  and that the Thrush features so much more in our sound scape.

While we have been  working, Lofty the beautiful if slightly pesky pheasant who decorates the garden has been drifting about. Lofty hasn’t much of a voice. A sort of chickeny chirrup mostly and an angry rattle if he is startled. Easier to live with than the peacock. He has spent his life being fed by people, having been  reared on the shooting estate and now a permanent guest at our bird table, a survivor of 7 months of shooting. Amusingly, he stands under the feeder where the suet balls are and jumps inelegantly to reach them, if the Blue Tits haven’t spilled enough crumbs for him. He is a little too fond of flower petals for my liking, but perhaps he is toughening me up for the impending arrival of our three point of lay chickens?  I wonder how he is going to cope with them and how will they react to him?

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8 thoughts on “lofty

  1. Lovely to see Lofty!! Especially the tippy toes photo!

    The dark coloured hellebores look good with the daffodils too… I’d avoided the combination up to now, but the deeper colours really do hold their own.

  2. Compared to Ptolemy, he’s a pussy cat! Very tame now, we mowed round him on Saturday! Yes, I’m quite liking the hellbore /daffodil combination, especially with the old flower heads on an autumn sedum adding to the picture, although I think a lemon or white daff might be even better.

  3. is there going to be a Mrs Lofty and offspring to share your flowers too? Brilliant plumage in the winter/spring sunshine. p.s. look forward to the chickens – no doubt a subject for pencils and paints too

    1. There have been hen pheasants in the garden all winter but they have all vanished! I have no doubt the attractions of the fairer pheasant will lure Lofty away before long, unless he brings a harem in.
      I am looking forward to the chickens too and there will be drawings when I can find the time. I am spending every spare minute out of doors at the moment, trying to stay ahead of the season.

  4. What a charmer he must be! We have very ill-behaved starlings that descend on our birdfeeders, throw out all the other birds, and skid around on the sloped roof of the metal feeder picking up suet droppings from the suet feeder above.

    1. He is quite charming for a pheasant. And very decorative. It is surprising how differently marked the cock birds are. Lofty is quite classically marked but he has a friend without the white collar and much darker breast feathers. Others have silvery wing and tail feathers and occasionally there is an all white one. The girls are nearly all identically brown. Sensible girls.

  5. You say the hen pheasants have vanished… they may have found a nesting place and be laying eggs 😉

    I was looking at your beautiful neat lawn edges and gravel path… uh-oh!

    1. I hope they have, but a couple of hunts have been through recently and I think they may have been frightened away.
      Mmmm, lawn edges and gravel. You think they are a thing of the past? I am more and more drawn to green barrier netting…… 🙂

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