I’m slowly bringing my garden to life; plants and flowers are gradually being planted and the birds are learning where the bird table is. As well as putting seeds and tasty morsels on the table I also scatter other seeds on the ground. This caters for both large and small birds although the small birds hardly visit at all yet. On the lawn and patio I get visits mostly from sparrows and pigeons.

The appearance and behaviour of the pigeons is particularly interesting. As my name isn’t Francis I can’t say I notice which pigeon is which, but one particular one I am mesmerized by. He doesn’t seem to want the seeds himself but chases the others away whenever they get near themselves. He acts like a complete bully. I wonder whether the birds get their aggressive behaviour from us or whether we imitate the birds!