Had an op on my foot earlier this year so I haven't been able to do any work in the garden. It's a wilderness. Now I'm seeing birds I've never had in the garden before. Goldfinches and coal tits. OK, they're probably nothing much to most of you, but special for me. Maybe I should stop gardening altogether??
Hiya onedytoo on the contrary Goldfinches and Coal Tits are very special birds (ask those that don't get them lol)..that is my excuse for do very little in the garden.
I have noticed, that the empty house, next to me,where the grass gets very long,before it is cut, gets a lot of birds,that never venture onto my neat lawn,with my supa-dupa bird station and umpteen feeders. Sounds like an easier and much cheaper way,to attract the birds. Would love to leave some of my lawn unkempt,but as I share my lawn with my next-door neighbour,it isn't really an option. Enjoy your goldfinches. I do get a lot of them, but never get sick of watching them. :-)
Why not have both? Lawns can be a mix of neat, short grass and longer flower rich patches, have a look at Adrian Thomas's blog Homes for Willdife post and forum thread on this! A mix of these two can look amazing and be great for wildlife!
THERE IS A BUSH IN THE GARDEN WHERE I WORK IT ATRACTS SO MANY BIRDS I HAVE HAD DUNOCK , BLACK CAP ,ROBIN. BLACKBIRDS AND HYBRED DOVE/WOODPIGEON NEWEST VISTOR IS GOLDFINCH JUST WISH THE TREE WAS IN MY GARDEN IT WAS EATING THE DEAD HEADS OF BLUEBELLS
Bet you do! I already had robins, dunnocks, wood pigeons etc in my garden. Always delightful to see new visitors though.