This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in November 2016.
Earlier in November it was a Song Thrush that was catching my eye through my gardenwatch windows. Quick, bouncy steps and fast runs it took through garden borders before disappearing under the hedge, in a way quite similar to the red squirrel currently visiting the garden. However, this Song Thrush was much more cautious. Photo… Read More Song thrush on alert
The year was 2013, the month July and what a boom of newly fledged chicks were to be seen visiting the garden then – so my handwritten blog diary tells me. At this time, exciting family stuff was going on and postings were few but the recording of photos, video and gardenwatching notes in my… Read More Previously… song thrush juvenile
Two blackbird snatches in less than 5 minutes suggests there had to be a least two male Sparrowhawks hunting over the garden yesterday morning. There have been regular, flight path practising by Sparrowhawks recently too explaining the quiet bird feeders on cold, snowy days. I guess it comes as no surprise that a black bird… Read More Not all Wednesday, Winter woes
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
… Spring bulbs and garden birds. It is great to see the bulbs starting making their way through the surface of the soil – or lawn in my case. It’s also great to see a bird species return to the garden once again. I wonder if you can tell which one by the eggs below.… Read More A winter welcome to…
Long-tailed tits have never visited my garden until a few days ago and I was absolutely thrilled to see them! I thought I saw a glimpse on Thursday but put it down to wishful thinking on my part. It was the long thin tail on a bird flying out of my fatcake guardian that caught… Read More New arrivals at fat feeder
In the news earlier this week there had been an appeal by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust which has teamed up with the BTO for Garden Beewatch 2007. The survey is looking to record sightings of bees in the UK and photographs can be sent in via email. It appears that the numbers of bees in… Read More Not so shy now!
It is almost a week since I first spotted our newest visitor to the garden. It has been quite difficult to catch on film despite it being large enough to see. It bounces and runs along the ground so quickly appearing out from the cover of plants only for short periods. The Blackbirds have given… Read More Shy new visitor