Garden Update…

I thought a garden update might be in order as I haven’t posted for a while.

In late April the blue tits laid their eggs and now we have little fluff ball juveniles in the garden. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s an adult on our feeding station pole.

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Last week we had a sparrowhawk in the garden; a regular visitor and a supreme ambush predator.

The sparrowhawk uses the trees at the bottom of the garden to spot and prey on either house sparrows, starlings and other smaller birds/mammals. Now that the trees are in full leaf it finds it easier to get its prey from the gardens around where I live.

This time of year they look for more food as it’s egg laying time and unfortunately this adult starling was lunch for this young adult bird.

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Spring is here at last and over the last couple of weeks here in the UK we have had some wonderful weather (well 2 weeks ago that is, I’m a bit late in posting ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

The garden has been in bloom with the first flowers coming through (although we do have winter growing flowers), the leaves on our big trees making a welcome appearance and getting seeds planted in the greenhouse for the veggie plot. ๐Ÿ™‚

In the greenhouse we have lettuce, tomatoes, runner beans and cucumber plants.

If you look at the nearest tray the lettuce making an appearance, the far trays are tomatoes but they take a bit longer to show.

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Over the last week we’ve had rather a lot of snow here in the UK (I love snow by the way). ๐Ÿ˜€

The weather system that caused this was mainly from Siberia and brought very cold winds and lots of snow, although I have to say that we were lucky here in the South-east UK and didn’t get the worst of it.

It is really important that in the freezing cold temperatures to put as much food and water out for all different forms of wildlife in the garden; I managed to get some photographs too, so this is really a bit of a photo-blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

This robin loves the fat ball ring feeder and can be quite possessive by chasing off some of the smaller birds.

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The Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

At the end of January each year is the annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey which is organized by the RSPB (sorry this is only available in the UK). It is the biggest wildlife participation event of its kind and if you’ve read this blog before you will know I enjoy it and take part too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Autumn Sights

I went out with my camera on Friday and enjoyed a morning with nature and fresh air. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a bit frosty but lovely, crisp and beautiful when I stumbled upon this lovely sight.

It was great to look at the various colours – yellows, browns, oranges and all the different hues of colour on the trees as the sun was just starting to rise. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Weird Weather

Today (Monday the 16th October) in the UK we have had ex-hurricane “Ophelia” battering parts of Ireland, Northern Ireland and some other parts of the UK.

I live in the Southeast corner of England and we have had some strange weather conditions created by the ex-hurricane.

As you can see the photographs of the sun is extremely red and it appears very dark although it was only 3:30 or so in the afternoon when I took this.

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