Welcome Visitors

When you care for nature, it cares for you. When a vegetable garden is looked after with sympathy towards nature and its ways, and all the creatures that comprise it, nature will have its own way of reciprocating.

Woodcock beak holes

It’s amazing to see more visitors to the garden other than just the songs birds, various insects and other creepy crawlies. A regular visitor has been the woodcock (or becada in Spanish), a very shy bird that hides at the sight of us but will then fly away at the last minute. Their long beaks dig deep into the earth to retrieve grubs, bugs and words. All that’s left are these neat little holes that, who knows? may be helping aerate the soil, and are certainly a pleasure to see, being so rare and shy; a sign that what we do can be shared with other creatures.


2 thoughts on “Welcome Visitors

  1. I looked up these birds. I think that these may have been hunted by Levin in the book Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. Are these holes on the ground or on a cliff? Birds are a wonderful asset to a garden!! Your birds are probably more special than the ones over here…because they “retrieve ….words”. I love that!!!!

  2. Thanks 🙂
    The picture is of a close-up of our veg patch, right next to some beans we’ve planted. They’re from the bird’s beak.

    Ha ha! I was wondering what you meant by “words”. That’s what happens when you’re immersed in grammar and constructing languages, lol.

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