If you can't beat them...

By Jerra

Male Bullfinch ( Pyrrhula pyrrhula )

Before setting off for the Lodge I looked out of the window and saw a doubly unusual sight.  Unusual because we rarely get Bullfinches in the garden.   Doubly unusual because while we get pairs visiting this is the first time I have seen two males in the garden.   They were within  a metre and a half  ( 4 or 5 feet) of each other, no signs of aggression.  They were both feeding on Dandelion seeds.

I garden for wildlife so the dandelions were left for just such an occasion.  That's my excuse and I am sticking to it!  Joking aside there has been a movement to have a "no mow May".  The idea being that by allowing our lawns to grow longer various flowers survive, helping pollinators.  Which desperately need help.  It also provides a safe cover and food for a variety of mini beasts which in turn provide food for other things such as birds.

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