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Your ponds are a bit more sophisticated than mine, I’ve had a small pot pond for a few years, only about a foot high & the same across with rocks in to the bottom so it’s not deep enough to be a problem getting out of as shallow at the top with a Phalaris growing nicely in it – striped green, pink & white pointed leaves. Have seen a lady blackbird having a lovey bath in it but then had to top it up again. Never seen anything much in it but it’s there for anybody who wants to hover – a huge dragon fly did once – or spend time on the leaves.
Last night I had the pleasure of squatting next to a roughly 5″ little hog who had arrived early before I put the food out, while it crunched its way through a handful of hog food I offered it. I noticed the light coming on at 10 & there it was snuffling around the herbs & forget me nots on the path so I took the dish of food out, put it in the feeding station then risked putting some next to little hog. I thought it would run off but it observed me for a bit then started getting stuck in when I didn’t move. Real treat. The camera has been recording multiple visits each night for the last week from around 11 to almost 5 in the morning, mostly small hogs but at least one very large one.
One of our woodpigeons is looking very ruffled & tatty, the pair of them are such regulars & so distinguished looking in their posh suits. Remind me of city gents!! Used to have 2 then one was killed by a bird of prey & it was a few years before the remaining one had a partner again. Looked up life expectancy & it’s from 3-5 years through to 15 depending on circumstances such as predation & human interference.
Has Igel had any luck with the boys yet do you think?
I found a load of the trash the unwelcome visitors left & reported it too, idiotic wasters, hope Captcha gives us a break again, it’s such a pain.