Last Sunday saw a fantastic colour splash from a bird that has never been counted from this garden during the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch! Last September saw sunshine through golden Acer leaves and a late garden nest build never seen either – any guesses there? I’ll leave you thinking on that for now. The Bullfinch… Read More Surprise garden sightings
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in November 2016.
It’s nearly time to say goodbye. Our seven Coal tit chicks have been home alone a few nights and that’s one sign. Looking at the time frame, the first chicks to hatch are 15 days old today (the rest 14 days). The suggested number of days to fledge is between 16-19 days so we are… Read More #30DaysWild Day 9 – Almost ready to fledge
Just as in many a BBC Springwatch nest, there was a possible drama with our seven, ten day old Coal tit chicks this morning! Their parents were out foraging for food. I had been on the PC with the activity inside the nest box (via a cam) in the corner of my monitor. All was… Read More #30DaysWild Day 3 – Distracting Starlings
A tripod with a video camera on a stair landing, while packing for a family holiday earlier this month was a bit in the way, it has to be said. Capturing video footage was a distraction to the job in hand too, but the amusing view out of the stair window kept catching my attention.… Read More Heating vent perch for smart Magpie
Ivy flowers on the garden pergola have been discussed in a previous blog post back in November 2011. Black ivy berries to follow have been suggested in other blog comments as food for the Woodpigeon too, further suggesting the promise of Bed and Breakfast for a pair of Woodpigeons that nested there last year. As… Read More Song Thrush and black berry surprise
Goldfinches (the European one Carduelis carduelis) are likely contenders to arrive at the seed feeders for the 2015 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch during the weekend of 24-25 January – or are they? Below you’ll find a variety of videos (all taken through my gardenwatch window) to help you ID a Goldfinch if you are new… Read More Friday @ the Flicks – Goldfinches
Today’s planned blog post remains in draft after being bumped back for yesterday’s sweet video capture of the shy Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes). Apologies for the slightly bumpy tripod work at the start but these birds scurry along the ground like mice and it’s hard to predict which direction they will take next. Fellow blogger Midmarsh… Read More Friday @ the Flicks – A foraging Wren
Replacing the bowl part of my favourite birdbath was something I never considered after two extremely cold winters finally took their toll and it split completely in two! I never even knew there were replacement bowls available if I went searching online. Since then, my bowl-less pedestal has lived on as a landing break for… Read More Replacement birdbath bowl
A snow covered garden for two weeks has brought some great garden watching as birds flocked in numbers to feeders. Fortunately Mrs Blackbird found nesting material under my hedge although I can’t imagine she really felt like making a nest in the cold days we have had here. Image above: Snowflake flowers, Coal Tit &… Read More … and along came a Pied Wagtail!