Friday, 27 March 2009

More Garden Blooms and Birds

It was so windy this morning I just had a quick look around the garden. The Snakes Head Fritillary has been opening its flower heads and I was determined to get a photograph before the wind wrecked them.

Snakes Head Fritillary

The only other new colour in the garden so far was the blue of some rather skimpy Hyacinths but at least it is some extra colour.


On the birding front there have been the usual regular visitors like this male Chaffinch taking a Sunflower seed from the lawn. He had better make off with what he can as I will want some of his Sunflower seeds soon to get plants started. I just adore their cheerful yellow faces in the Summer and he can have some extra home grown seeds in the Autumn.

Male Chaffinch with Sunflower Seed

My favourites - Blue and Long Tailed Tits
IMG_1117Blue Tit Long Tailed Tit

Yesterday there was a visiting Jackdaw glimpsed briefly through a rain splattered kitchen window.

A few days ago I loosened the horizontal sections so that they would move round with the weight of a large bird on them. The idea being to make it more awkward for them to take too much food. It makes no difference. They are too intelligent and persistent to be put off by simple ruses like that.

Always a cheerful sight - a container with a line of miniature Daffodils. The miniature varieties always seem to last longer in poor weather conditions and stand up to March winds much better than their full size cousins.

Miniature Daffodils

Miniature Daffodil


  1. Stunning pictures John and congrats on getting the LTT - not normally still long enough for a picture!

  2. Beautiful photos again John, the Snakes Head Fritillary is so striking and the blue of the Hyacinth is just lovely. I love all the bird photos, the Jackdaw is another bird I haven't seen for years and the Daffodils suggesting golden summer sunshine have always been my favourite garden flower. A really lovely post.

  3. Tricia: From never seeing LTTs it has gone to seeing this pair several times most days which gives more opportunities. Also the new lens focusses so rapidly I can get more shots in a short time.

    ShySongbird: Jackdaws have only started coming this year. In fact the number of large birds here has increased a lot. They are even coming down on the lawn to feed.

    Thanks both for your kind comments on the photos.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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