I’m sitting in my dining room looking out at my garden. At the bottom of the garden is an enormous Oak tree. I love this tree and have watched it grow for over 35 years, and boy has it grown in the last few years.
This tree is full of life from top to bottom although strangely not very often full of acorns. In fact the tree could be called Oak city due to the way it is used by the wild life.
Let me explain. In the top quarter the crows perch and once but only once nested. Half way down the tree to the bottom of the tree the wood pigeons like to sit. They don’t seem to like the very top, probably sways too much for them to hold on. Again half way down to the bottom the magpies come, usually with a view to annoy and bully any other bird that seems like good sport.
Blue and great tits flit in and out the bottom half. Surprisingly it’s sparrows and starlings that never seem to use it. Black birds and robins perch in the bottom branches also and green woodpeckers run up and down the trunk.
Now I must mention the green woodpeckers because my husband is always moaning about the holes they leave in the lawn. That’s a whole different discussion, but when he described the size of said woodpecker he reckoned it to be about the size of a small penguin by where his hand was off the ground. Having explained to him they are about the size of the magpies without the long tail he just grunted. So of course now whenever we see one we just shout, ‘your penguin is in the garden’.
If you look closely at the trunk of the tree there are ants running up and down. Now how far they go I have no idea as I have never climbed the tree and don’t intend to, but it would be interesting to know though.
When we have a good crop of acorns there are plenty of squirrels about and then the magpies really have fun. They seem to like nothing better than annoy the squirrels. It gives me hours of pleasure watching them think up new ways to rattle the squirrels who in the end get so angry they end up chasing them.
So there you have it my Oak tree like a city to lots of diverse birds and creatures all living in their particular part of it, and I cannot sit and look at it without seeing something of the glory of God’s creation before me.