Look I know weather-boarded, timber framed
cottages are de riguer in this most
pretentious part of Kent...
however I was very surprised to discover the birds are getting
in on the act.
Over the last couple of weeks I've been delighted to see a thrush
or two in the garden.
Mostly the bully-britches blackbirds
have been giving them short-shrift.
They patrol the huge hedge with all the clout of
Roman soldiers strolling the ramparts of Hadrian's wall.
Today I was delighted to see a thrush on the bird table,
digging under one of the water bowls.
When I clean out the bowls, underneath there are wood lice and sometimes worms
which I thought were the source of interest.
On closer inspection I could see the thrush had been harvesting
splinters of wood; beakfuls were being taken further up the hedge
for a spot of, what I can only think, is a little light timber-framed
Work in progress
over many trips
Is this normal I wonder?
The hole where the wood was harvested