Sunday, 20 March 2011

New Tree-Dwelling Beast

There has been building work going on at the end of the road for some time now.  So I wasn't unduly surprised when a sound like a dentist's drill permeated the air on Friday morning.  After it went on...and on...and on... I decided to investigate further, only to find we had a new tree-dweller (albeit temporary) across the road.

Here's where we started:

With the lesser-spotted tree surgeon hanging from the branches...

And denuded and stumpy (the tree, not the surgeon), before the trunk was felled.

I can't say I'm happy to see it go, but I hope it will give the deciduous trees that are next to it more room to wriggle their toes.  And seeing the tree surgeon at work was fascinating; he was veritably scampering up and down the trunk with his spiked shoes and the strap to sit on.

Since it was felled, the pigeons (who fortunately were nesting elsewhere) have been extremely annoyed.  They have been sitting on the telegraph pole or the lamp post and exercising pigeon vocabulary in displeased tones. I reckon they are missing their fun, as they used to bounce on the branches gleefully, as though it were some kind of pigeon amusement park.


  1. I wonder why it had to go. Was it diseased?
    I am always sad when pigeon amusement parks are removed. We have a cherry tree in our front garden where they amuse themselves and make their nest there too. I would hate to see it go.
    I enjoyed reading the story though sad at the same time.
    Sue xx

  2. LOL! This reminds me of last year when I heard a noise from a neighbouring garden and was looking out the window to see what was going on - it took me a few minutes before I saw a man in a tree - lol. Thankfully though he was only trimming some of the top branches. Last year there were magpies nesting in there too - so very noisy!

    We may have to fell two trees in our garden this year - as there's absolutely no sign of any new buds - they're about ten years old. It's really sad - and annoying too as they screen us from the neighbouring house opposite - we may need to track down that lesser spotted tree surgeon! LOL.

    I'm sure your pigeons will soon find somewhere else to play!