As I was shooing a few poachers from the grounds the other day I noticed a small bird I’d not seen before. It started near the base of a tree trunk and worked it’s way up, clinging on in a similar fashion to a woodpecker but much smaller. When it had done a couple of metres climb it flew off to another tree and repeated the process. It had a distinctive white belly and was quite rotund in shape – fat body, thinning at head and tail. As far as I can tell this must have been a Treecreeper, Certhia familiaris. This is a bird I’ve not spotted before so that’s another tick in the book!
Meanwhile, back at the arboretum, there were these tree fellers felling trees! Boom boom! (Irish joke) Yes, they are STILL felling trees, chopping them up and taking them away. This is exciting because it’s happening just over our back fence;
(us on the right, tree felling on the left)
Curiosity was such that we wandered over there today and asked them what they were up to, and who for. Seems that the land belongs to the Bruhl Palace, previously mentioned, and the new owner is busy creating a “magic glade” cascading down from the palace (on high ground to the left in the first photo below) to what we know as ‘mosquito pond’. To achieve the desired effect he’s got a gang in to clear things up a little. They’ve even got a little red tractor!
If we can get a message to the new owner we hope to persuade them to also invest in a few tins of DDT to lob into the pond and make the water completely unsuitable for mosquito breeding. It won’t spoil the view but it will save me a lot of splatting come spring/summer. That’s assuming the mosquito, bastards every one of them, have remembered where we live.
Anyway, when the work is finished and it has all recovered and greened up a bit it should make the view out back a lot prettier. Also make it a bit more secure when they fence the area off. I am slightly concerned though about what effect all this churning might have had on our resident family of pine marten / mink / otter because that’s the direction they came from. Have to wait and see if they return this spring I suppose.