I spent 18 years living in remote countryside and i really miss the birdlife now i live in Kings Cross. Bingfield Park only has the dreary urban mix of magpies, pigeons and the odd crow. This is mainly because the park trees only date from the 1970s and so don’t have old rough bark to foster insects, which are vital for smaller birds nor do they have holes in which small birds nest. Magpies, crows etc build their own big rickety nests, rather than find a hole and are quite happy living on garbage – i often see magpies fighting with squirrels over rubbish that spills out of the bins. There is hope though, i did once see a Greater Spotted Woodpecker (to my astonishment) enthusiastically attacking a tree next to Rufford Street.
So i bought some bird boxes and a bird feeder and put them up in the trees at the West end of the Park. The birds have studiously ignored the boxes, so i moved them higher up with help from birding neighbour Simon Lee. One of the boxes mysteriously disappeared. Most recently i put up a squirrel resistant bird feeder for seed filled with blue tit mix. And strangely this disappeared too. So anyway i have put up a new one, this time padlocked onto the tree with a steel cable. Let’s see what happens. If anyone sees magpies at work, perhaps wearing hoodies, let me know…….