Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Sometimes I'm surprised at number of the birds that visit my feeders. Many are from the Tit family, but once in a while a Tree Creeper will come, the Jays are never away, the Robins and the Black birds are regular visitors, but this year a Gold Crest came several time, and I'm only mentioning the birds that come to eat my wall-nut cake, not seeds or nuts. Here are a few images, taken recently on my bedroom balcony and in the garden.
The Coal Tit eats seeds as well as cake, but on the whole I think it eats more cake than seeds. It's looking upwards because there is another feeder higher up, with a Great Tit.
A Coal Tit with a Sunflower seed in it's mouth, These birds eat peanuts, seeds, and cake.
The Robin only comes for the wall nut cake. Most Robins eat from the ground, These have no problem eating from the wooden box, although there's not much left in this one. I only fill them in the morning. For the rest of the day, the birds have to find their own food. I will refill them in the morning if the Squirrel comes first, and eats everything.
The Great Tit, is the bird that comes most often to eat both peanuts and cake. it rarely eat the seeds.
The Gold Crest, was so difficult to photograph, It seemed to hover over the box, It didn't linger, and only came at certain times of the day, when there were no other birds around. It was just lucky that I was looking outside the window, when it came. I fell instantly in love with this delicate petite beauty, and was on constant alert afterwards.
This Blue Tit is unusual, as it has a patch of yellow feathers on the head, above the beak. I have never seen this on any Blue Tit before. It looks very pretty. Has anyone seen this before?
Usually the Blue Tit looks like this, a pretty bird, without the addition of the yellow patch. Whenever another bird is at the feeder overhead, they are either curious or uneasy.
The Robin is a welcome sight, any time. It must already have chicks, as it has been taking more cake than usual, returning again and again, and leaving with a full beak.
Knowing that the Gold Crest came late in the afternoon, when most of the cake had been eaten, I started to put a little more so that if it did come, it would have something to eat. I waited each day, and most times it never appeared, or had already been. I was determined to see it again, so repeatedly filled the feeder and waited until on two consecutive days it came, and I was rewarded with a few successful captures.
Another Coal Tit. They are a little braver than the other Tits, and less likely to fly away if they see me, and one has even eaten from my hand. A wonderful experience.
At last it came back, my hand was shaking, this was the moment I had been waiting for.
With a piece of Wall-nut in it's beak, it flew away immediately, but I got it on camera.
Sometimes you are so used to seeing things like watering cans and hose pipes, that you don't notice they are there when you take a photo. Like this old hose pipe. It would have been a better shot without it, but I'm happy it was in focus.
I see the Jays every day, either in the garden or on my balcony. They are extremely shy birds. and are easily spooked by the slightest movement. I take great care not to be seen.
This shot makes me smile. The Black cap is all eyes. It looks like a young male bird.
Thursday, 1 April 2021
Today I am sharing some of the birds I see in the garden. The first photo is the female Black Redstart. Phoenicurus ochruros. The following photo is a juvenile Black Redstart.
The Juvenile Black Redstart
The Greenfinch Chloris chloris
The Jay Garrulus glandarius.
The Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
The Male Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
The Blue Tit Cyanistes caerulleus
The Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus
The Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto.
Our Lookout, where I captured the Collared Dove perched on the right hand side of the top stone.
The above photo and this one, were taken yesterday.
Thursday, 25 March 2021
Last Wednesday afternoon at 5.30pm, I saw the most amazing thing. Two little Wood mice were chasing each other up and down the 6 . 25 meter length of my bedroom balcony.
There are two large windows, so I had a very good view of both mice, which in itself was amusing to watch, but the one that was being chased suddenly leapt in the air and did a huge summer-salt, then continued running. It was so endearing and funny, that I couldn't stop laughing. They were playing catch me if you can, having fun, and so was I.:=)
I thought it was only in animated films like Disney, that mice did this, but the artists had done their research. Has anyone else seen this behaviour? Sadly I can't show you a clip of what I saw, but have a few photos of a Wood mouse in one of the wooden boxes that I use as bird feeders. I was so entertained that I didn't even think to get my camera, and they ran so fast that if I had taken any photos, they probably would have been blurry. The next photo is out of focus, but it gives you an idea as to it's size.
The wood mouse has a sandy-brown coat, has large ears and eyes, and the under parts are white. It has large hind legs that help it leap about, and they are very good climbers, and run extremely fast. Oh yes, they run like the wind.
Sunday, 21 March 2021
The Male and female Chaffinch are regular visitors to my garden. This pretty sparrow sized finch is perhaps one of the most common garden birds I see. All mages were taken at different times on, and from my bedroom balcony. The next one is of a young female .
Photos of the Female Chaffinch were taken in deep shade
Male in same tree as young bird
Saturday, 6 March 2021
A few Photos of a Robin today, perched on a rose wood branch, which by now must be a familiar sight, and will feature prominently on my blog because it's where all the birds perch, on my bedroom balcony. It's the only photo I have taken this week, as I haven't been outdoors, so it's all I can share.