Friday, 9 October 2009

Friday at the Flicks

Weather has been pretty dull for photography and filming this past week but here are a couple of snippets. The first is one of a visiting Tree Sparrow. They are much more timid than the House Sparrows and are easily bullied. This one was having a real problem trying to find a spare perch at the feeders.

After the last Goldfinch was caught by an unknown predator out in the open I moved the ground feeder nearer the fence and shed so it would be more hazardous for the local Sparrow Hawk to swoop down on it. Also it is now stood on a small metal table to make it more difficult for the local killer black cat to creep up on it. Here a Goldfinch and Greenfinch are helping themselves to some of the seed spillage from the feeders which I tipped on the table.

I have added some other measures to help keep the cats away. More of that another day.

Yesterday I said I should have the photo of the crossed Starlings on my Coat of Arms. Well - in an idle moment I had a play with my old copy of PaintShop Pro and came up with this piece of nonsense. Shield outline found on the net and then a bit of resizing, cutting and pasting.

Shield MJ3

Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.


  1. A most appropriate Coat of Arms.
    The packed Heathrow airspace comes nowhere near that of the Birdie Bistro at mealtimes :)

  2. Ha Ha Twosie. No I can't see Heathrow allowing 20 or 30 to all land at the same time! Between 8 and 9 in the morning it is pure bedlam when they all want breakfast.

  3. Lovely to see the Tree Sparrow again John, I love the head colour!

    The Coat of Arms is so clever, I love it, hope to see it on your sidebar or somewhere.

  4. Hi Jan. The Tree Sparrow looks so much sleeker than its chav House cousin.

    Your wish is my command :)

  5. Great job on the coat of arms! Your bird activity is amazing.

  6. Wow John love the Coat of Arms so you!!! Your wee movies were great. Oh and I'm excited that your going to buy a Silk Tree you will have show us where your going to plant it!!. Plus I thank you for giving me the Latin for the plant allot of people have asked about it. :)


  7. Hi Wilma. The activity get a bit overwhelming sometimes but it is great to be able to watch them so close.

  8. Hi Crista. Thank you.

    My little Silk Tree arrived today. They are frost tender here while they are small so I will keep it in the conservatory for now and possibly on the kitchen windowsill once it has shed its leaves. I wonder how fast they grow.


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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