Busy Garden Birds

During this time of year it’s a really busy time for our garden birds.

Laying eggs feeding chicks and then fledglings leaving and wanting to be fed by the parents….mostly!

Here’s a few pictures of our parents and juvenile birds in our garden.

The blue tit adults make about a thousand trips per-day to feed the chicks; this adult is just leaving the nest box.

I love blue tits they look like the punk rockers of the bird world. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Excitement – Sparrowhawk in the Garden…

Yesterday afternoon we had a rare but welcome visitor to our garden; it was rather dreary and pouring with rain, I was actually cleaning my camera (lucky coincidence) and making sure the lens and body were pretty dust-free and clean. All of a sudden I heard a large thump and there on our fence was sat a beautiful Sparrowhawk, it had obviously missed its prey and looked quite dejected in the dreary weather.

I quickly assembled my camera and took a few photographs, not the best but the best I could manage in the short space of time this bird was in the garden on full view.

I was hoping that it would stay in the garden for longer but it then flew into our trees (which are starting to leaf up; good cover for a bird of prey); It stayed up there for about another 15-20 minutes, then flew off. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

It took our other birds a good hour to come back to the feeders and start using them again. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope we will see it again this year; although not good for our other little birds that it hunts, its brilliant to see this fantastic bird in the garden. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you any unusual visitors this early on in spring?

Birdy Fun in the Cold

It’s been fairly cold in the south of the UK where I live, or at least cold for this part of the country. This has allowed me to get in lots of practice with my new lens over the last week or so even though the light on some occasions has been low and not very good to shoot photographs in.

This was taken yesterday afternoon.

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Garden Birds Update

At the moment the garden is full of juvenile young birds. It’s so great to watch them, see how fast they learn and the antics that they get up to. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is a juvenile House sparrow just getting to grips – literally, it had real problems holding onto the bigger branches and kept sliding down until it decided to fly into our old dying apple tree. ๐Ÿ™‚ Has anyone else seen this happen with juveniles?

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Nesting Blue tits and Bluebells in the Garden

I’ve been away for far to long – sorry! I hurt my ankle and getting about was a real pain in the butt. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I have just started to go through some of the photographs I have taken over the last couple of days so I thought a blog was definitely in order. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our Blue tits are now entrenched in the box on our conservatory and nesting began (just before I hurt my ankle). They used the fiesta-nesta from CJ Wildlife so much it was quite comical at times, especially some of the positions they would get into. ๐Ÿ˜€ Continue reading