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Quote: Oh, I thought the females had brown tummies.
The young Robins are brown and speckled ..... but when winter arrives that's when the Red vests come out.
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I need to read up on robins, obviously. I'm no ornithologist, I just feed all the blighters.
I've never seen one of your robins; ours are the American robin, bigger, and they don't eat seeds. They feed on earthworms mainly.
Sunshine today and a butterfly that stayed around long enough to have it's photo taken
Some new neighbours moved in recently. Newly constructed house, ancient hedgerows bull-dozed down and now the west wind sweeps across the garden - I'm not sure I'll ever get used to it. Still, the wind took an old Lilac tree down so we'll hopefully get less hay-fever this year.....
Spring is definitely on the way, I got my first Hoverfly shot today, the gnats have started swarming and, maybe as a result, I've just seen my first bat of the year (I must find a way of getting a shot of one of those some day but they are so unpredictable and fly so erratically I suspect it may be a long time coming )
The weather is wonderful today, hot sunshine, not a cloud in the sky - absolutely brilliant!
Hubby is doing the first mow of the year..................he must be enjoying it, he's done the 'lawn' area and is now disappearing into the trees!! I've been out for a few hours gardening (had enough now, I've come in to cook lunch!).
It's the Toad's turn for the garden pond, I've seen a Small Tortoiseshell fluttering about, several Bumble Bees and my first Bee Fly of the season!!
Quote: Hubby is doing the first mow of the year.
My lawn is still too wet but I have managed to give it a light rake last week.
I suppose one of those hover type lawnmowers might be OK but I have an old fashioned mower that needs pushing by hand and has rotating blades ! !
Just planted two Cherry Laurel bushes to hide the white plastic monstrosity the new neighbours call a garage. They grow big and fast so hopefully we'll have something nice to look out on soon.
Quote: I've just seen my first bat of the year (I must find a way of getting a shot of one of those some day but they are so unpredictable and fly so erratically I suspect it may be a long time coming )
Have you come across the photography of Stephen Dalton ?
He lives just up the road from me and is an expert, albeit with sophisticated high speed flash techniques.
Quote: Have you come across the photography of Stephen Dalton ?
He lives just up the road from me and is an expert, albeit with sophisticated high speed flash techniques
Yes, I used to have some of his books and I believe he had an exhibition at our local Highcliffe Castle a while back. As you say, very sophisticated and clever techniques but not something I could do in my garden as they are just "Fly byes"
I was out having a snooze in the sun a few minutes ago when the heavy drone of a Bumble woke me, she was fanning my face with her wings (it was our resident Queen Buff tail).
Needless to say, when I woke up properly and grabbed my camera she had flown away giggling but it was lovely to see her
She's busy looking for a nest site at the moment so is spending a lot of time flying low and inspecting suitable corners in the garden
Had two peacock butterflies land in the garden today. Amazing - I don't remember seeing any before.
We had a Peacock and a Tortoiseshell butterfly on our large perennial Wallflower today. Both very faded and tatty - last years models and a beautiful male Brimstone briefly fluttered in and out of the garden.
Two different Bees on Pulmonaria flowers and a couple of Lady birds basking in the sun on our green composting bin.
Things are looking up.
We had a Peacock butterfly and a brimstone in the garden a few times today, and i also found half a small pure white egg with some fresh yolk - birds must be nesting. Scattered about a ton of sharp sand on the moss lawn too. A few bats tonight flitting for bugs. Even had a daisy in the lawn. I love this weather.
Aw, a daisy. One of my favourite flowers.
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