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Blackbirds are feeding young in our garden - we throw out apples and wrinkled old grapes for them. The female has built a 2nd nest but comes off it to feed the young from previous. Lazy young blighters calling for food all the time.
Got a quick shot of one through the patio doors.
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I've noticed some sort of behaviour over the weeks. Quite often the squirrel will come down and in its effort to get to the seeds/nuts etc. it can knock the feeder off the hook and on to the floor, spilling all the contents. However, the spilt food is left and not eaten while on the ground. In fact, I watched the birds just sitting in the tree and on the feeder hooks just looking at the food on the ground. It's almost as if the birds associate some of the food as belonging in the hanging feeder and when it's on the ground it appears to them to be in the wrong place and they leave it. As soon as I re-hang the feeders they dive on it and feed as usual. Even the naughty squirrels just leave the food and run off. Strange.
And I watched a very busy magpie yesterday burying fat pellets all over my lawn. They make me laugh when they do that.
Went out this morning and the air above our garden was full of Swifts, there must have been well in excess of 100. What an amazing sight and sound, I love the noise they make as they scream about the sky.
Shame its too dark and damp to make it worth breaking out the camera.
(all this damp is turning our garden into a jungle, I swear its moved 3 ft closer to the house! )
A couple of pics for BarbaraHirst. She sent me some wild flower seeds last year and the poppies have gone mad. It's a shame though because it's been so wet here the bases of many of them have gone rotten and the wind has blown off the petals as soon as they've opened. Some have survived though. I've a lovely shrub in a pot by the door but you can't see it behind all these. And I've had to cull the back garden as the poppies went on the rampage.
Oh you lucky thing - I had one poppy this colour in my garden last year (not a clue where it came from) - sadly it didn't come back this year nor has it had any offspring - very disappointing as it was lovely
I'm annoying the frogs and snapping bugs - I've already done what I'd planned to do out there today I hasten to add
I think it's the time of year when robins loose their nice red plumage.
Maybe one of them - I'm no expert...
(camera playing silly beggars - didn't like taking picture in the dark, ISO 800, washed out picture - maybe I should put it on the grumpy thread)
It's a fledgling Robin - He hasn't got his red feathers yet, as soon as he does he will be 'escorted' from the territory!
Quote: It's a fledgling Robin - He hasn't got his red feathers yet, as soon as he does he will be 'escorted' from the territory!
thank-you. The body shape (i.e. a blob) made me think 'robin' straight away, but the shape of the beak is more like that of a 'baby' so I should have guessed. I hope he / she finds somewhere nice to live.....
all this rain is turning our "Drought Garden" into a junglified cottage garden,
We are currently landscaping our garden but it hasn't stopped the wildlife, we are hopefully making the garden more wildlife friendly (it was before), it seems to be working already........ With the landscaping and planting the birds have more protection from attacks by the Sparrowhawks, when the new plants and other foliage mature we are hoping for more nesting next year.
The birds seem more than happy with the new layout, more and more are popping in. We have had more young this year than we had last year. There will be much more cover and protection for the birds and more food as we have planted with the wildlife in mind. There will be plenty of berries in the winter months..........
It is such a joy to sit and watch life in the garden.....I'm sure we are busier than Heathrow...... and almost as noisy (the young starlings make a racket)...........ear defenders please.......
Once the garden is finished I'll post some before & after photos.
I'm off to paint the shed now.............rain permitting.........
Have a nice day folks.
That sounds wonderful Julia. I'd love to see the finished project. I'd really like to do that sort of thing in my garden but I'm no gardener and have no idea where to start so I just plant shrubs and have a really scruffy corner with logs and stuff in a corner. Even so, I feed the birds so well I've always got a gardenful and I'm surrounded by trees, which is good.
And love your garden Brian.
Thanks Chris, wait until you see it in full bloom
I'm sat at the computer and having a quick coffee, looking out of the window I can see the male Greater Spotted Woodpecker on the peanuts, feeding a youngster!!
harrumph - a tad more interesting than the Jays I can see flitting around the trees at the entrance to the office - they're pretty though....
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