Thursday, 18 April 2019

The Flaming Parrot and the Ice Cream

I don't usually bother to plant tulips.
I like them to look at but rain and wind often makes their display short lived.
Last year I couldn't resist a couple I saw advertised so decided to give them a try.

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On the left - Flaming Parrot. On the right - Ice Cream
I love them and so far the weather has been kind.

On previous topics:
The garden pond is still teeming with wriggling, growing frog tadpoles.

Mrs Blue Tit continues to add to her nest in the camera nest box.
Looks as though she is now collecting finer material to line it.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Busy Day for the Blue Tits

Mrs Blue Tit spent much of the day building her nest in the camera nestbox.

Mr BT also made lots of visits usually ended up being gently pecked to get out of the way.
I did spot one visit where he brought food for Mrs BT.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

All Change in the Nestbox

The Great Tit seems to have lost interest in building a nest in the camera nestbox. After one day of hard work the next day showed no activity. That was followed by a short burst the next day followed by another day of no activity.  Today, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted new activity. A bird was removing some of the coarser nesting material. At first I assumed Mrs. Great Tit had decided to use it for another nest elsewhere. Then it dawned on me. It was a Blue Tit which was removing material.

That went on for a while and then she started bringing finer dried material to build her own nest.
Will she get away with it? Who will finally settle in to raise a brood?

Monday, 15 April 2019

AR2738 Revisited

Managed a few shots and a video clip in the gaps between clouds this morning.

Cropped photo:

Saturday, 13 April 2019

All Systems Are Go

After weeks of no bird activity in the nestbox, today there were about 100 visits.
Mrs Great Tit worked all morning and most of the afternoon with an hour lunch break.

Let's hope they are successful this year.
Last year the nest was nearly finished when a bumble bee took possession.

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Friday, 12 April 2019

Another Spring Favourite

Not sure whether this tree we see on our morning walkabout is a flowering cherry or flowering almond.


Either way it brightens up a frosty Spring morning.

Thursday, 11 April 2019


Always guaranteed to put on a small show each Spring:


Unfortunately they don't seem to multiply very fast.
Must try to remember to order more in the Autumn.
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