Daily Archives: October 26, 2009

Silent Spring

 ‘Silent Spring’  – I read this book many years ago.  It really made me think how we take birds for granted and to this day when I hear birds singing I sometimes think of Rachel Carson’s book – even though it is over 20 years since I last read it.  It is so hard to imagine a Spring without birdsong

I remember when I read Silent Spring many years ago the thought that we had so much power over this Earth amazed the young ‘me’.  We humans had the ability to kill insects, birds and mammals through our technology
 
Rachel Carson covers a wide area in Silent Spring.  She covers the ecology of water, birds, plants, mammals, soil and chemicals.  One of the reasons this book is so memorable is the way she explains and tells the stories.

Rachel Carson was born on May 27 1907 in Pennsylvania, United States. She was a writer and a biologist

She also wrote the ‘Edge of the Sea’,  ‘The Sea Around Us’.
Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring shocked a lot of people (including me) because it showed how dangerous some pesticides could be. 

Silent Spring has been one of the books that has stayed with me all my life.  I have remembered parts of it when listening to modern news about pollution.  I have remembered Silent Spring when listening to birds singing.  The title is so simple yet so effective.  The message of the book is clear.

It is as relevant today as it was then, which is why it is still in publication and is still being read today.

Bird Table blown over by the wind

It’s a lovely morning on this Monday morning.  Just one bit of a problem – the wind has blown the bird table over. 

It would be really easy to lift this birdtable up and put it upright –  but it is the birdtable that I surrounded with garden canes that has been blown over.

This means the canes are all tangled up together like some spider’s web made of garden canes! Trying to put the bird table back up was a bit difficult as the canes kept sticking in the ground and getting taffled up with each other which stopped the bird table balancing upright.

Anyway I managed it – but the canes aren’t back surrounding the bird table yet. That will take a bit of time.  

Perhaps I’d better explain that I surrounded this birdtable with garden canes to stop large birds getting onto the bird table and taking all the food.  It really works.  I don’t have any more rooks, crows and pigeons on the bird table and it’s great to see the garden birds, including the blackbirds and thrushes fly between the canes and settle down to eat the bird food. 

The canes also mean that while they are on the bird table the garden birds are safe from sparrowhawks diving onto them.

Feeding birds, messing about with bird tables – and it’s still only 7.15 in the morning – time for a cuppa.

Gave a good day.