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Right now we are in the midst of a gale force 9 wind-storm, so goodness knows what is happening in the garden right now
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I have a pair (male & female) of Blackcaps coming to the feeders!!
I've been trying to photograph them but it's dimpsy and windy here! Plus, when the cats saw me showing interest out of the window, they immediately raced out to see what was going on.................one empty garden!
Lucky you Karen, our neighbour's cats have put a stop to most of our interesting visitors, its mainly sparrows, starlings, pigeons + a lame Magpie these days
Haven't seen our Blackaps in a long while
I was quite surprised at how aggressive the Blackcaps are. I have a fat slab in an anti-squirrel cage - the female found a Long Tailed Tit feeding in there and promptly stomped on it!!! She wont allow any other birds near, a lot of posturing!
I'm feeling better now
At the end of last year the dreaded neighbour's cat killed one of my visiting Chiffchaffs and scared the rest away.
I was having coffee this morning when one appeared, whizzed about then went off and came back with two more.
I do wish that they would slow either down a bit or the weather would brighten up as it was almost impossible to frame and shoot them they were moving so fast, even though they were practically in our conservatory they were so close to the glass
Here is one of the Chiffchaffs, still waiting on another visit, probably be in the 3 o'clock feeding rush (do your have set times to arrive for a feed? ours seem to be 11 and 3 most days)
Well done to get the shot Brian. I don't know if I get these or not as they look like so many other birds.
My lot seem to start first thing in the morning, finishing of the evening feed. I swear the pigeons queue up outside the kitchen door waiting for me in the morning but I don't go out there until about 10am.
I top up about 4 in the afternoon and that sees them through till the next day.
They are tiny little birds with a greenish / yellow tint to their feathers and move very quickly and erratically as described here.
Despite being classed as a Summer Visitor we have had a little colony of over-wintering Chiffchaff here for at least 10 years and I think its becoming more common that they do this down here on the South coast
(In a strange twist of fate, the neighbour's killer cat is no more, it got run over this morning and just before lunch I was asked to help clear up the mess left behind - 'tweren't me, honest! the daft thing tended to sit under the wheels of parked vans to kep warm and we suspect that was probably the cause of its demise)
Oh poor cat. That's really sad.
Cut the grass today Not exactly warm, but plenty of sun.
Also got small pair of binoculars out and left them on the table in the garden. We watched the local wren hopping on them (ah bless, so cute etc. - appropriate smiley? ) and then I had the pleasure of cleaning them up - why do birds have to cr*p on everything they land on?
*edited to add. No, I didn't have the camera with me, and last time the wren appeared the batteries ran out..........
A quick shot from the window about 30 mins ago.
Finally that the overnight frost seem to be being chased off by a new low pressure front bringing warmer winds and rain.
I'm hoping everything on pause will next week see loads of leafbuds popping and the garden finally starting to say hello.
I have buds for tulips and daffs, even grape hyacinths. Lilies and allium's popped up a while ago but then just stopped.
First Spring in a new house and obviously keen to see what i can grow after digging up a third of the garden in the winter.
There's a lot more acitivity around the feeders now. I reckon they're all getting geared up for new arrivals.
And some very fat woodpigeons indeed!
Had some excitement in the garden this morning. A lovely sparrowhawk had caught a starling and was plucking away at it when two rather pesky magpies turned up wanting a piece of the action. The hawk finally saw them off and carried its prey to under a bush, but then the local moggy turned up and it flew away. Still grasping its dinner though. Lovely to see, and we do have a few starlings to spare around my way. Here are a few pics.
Wow, Chris. How lucky you are to have witnessed that...Marvellous action.
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