This week we’ve had a surprising guest. A tiny little bird who bounced up and down all day long on the hydrangea outside the kitchen. We thought he was a baby and we were concerned that he couldn’t fly because he just went back and fourth from the twigs to the window sill. We kept Fiona in the house and hoped his mother would come for him.
On the second morning, Mr RH announced he had called him Rob.
On the third morning he was nowhere to be seen and we sadly assumed he hadn’t survived the night :(
But when I came in Mr RH said Fiona had been staring through the window at Ronald. “Ronald?” I asked, “Do you mean Mr Smartie?” (Mr Smartie is the cat from across the road, who, on occasion, disagrees with Fiona about who owns our garden).
“No, Ronald“, he said.
So, it turned out the little bird could fly after all and could come and go at will. And come and go he does. Every now and then I see him bobbing about and every now and then I hear Mr RH call out, “Reg is back!”
After some discussion with my parents, we discovered he is not a baby at all but an adult Goldcrest (the UK’s smallest bird) – possibly an adult female Goldcrest…”Ah, Regina!” concluded Mr RH or perhaps Roberta or Rowena…
Should you be interested, you can discover better pictures and some interesting facts about Goldcrests (though not the personal names of individuals) below.
Inside the Makery Country Birds have also been a theme. This time, I have been knitting with West Yorkshire Spinners Signiture 4ply in Owl. Having concluded that self striping yarn really needs to be knitted in the round, I wanted to make a cowl in owl – mainly because I like how that rhymes!
And the colouring worked out quite evenly.
But the pattern really didn’t show up well so I frogged and knitted a pair of socks instead. I, foolishly, gifted the socks on the promise of receiving a photo from Son #1, who merrily walked away in them. Perhaps I will show them to you one day.
I the meantime, I have a kitchen full of vegetable and flower seeds growing out of control and, after a beautifully mild month, frost is now forecast, maybe snow!
I hope you have a lovely week, whatever the weather :)
Janine @ Rainbow Hare