Young Starlings




Today, I looked out of the window at the fat ball feeder, young starlings were greedily pecking to get easy nutrition. They squabbled with each other to gain the prime position. There were a starling2030715flock of about twenty birds including adults eager to taste the delights, usually the sparrows have the monopoly. The feeder was full yesterday, looks like I will soon have to buy more.

Blooming June




A few images of the garden, The bees love the cotoneaster.flower1190615









Sadly the laburnum flowers are over now, the seed pods are forming, all parts of the plant are poisonous. We will prune it into a more attractive shape.








More flowers, the bees are busy all the daylight hours.flower3190615








The garden is very attractive, we look forward to adding plants and flower5190615shaping it to our taste.






Finally a pretty speckled wood butterflyspeckledwood.



The next generation

We are rather pleased with the number and varieties of birds in the garden, The mixed seed feeder rarely has a visitor, but the nyger seed feeder regularly has goldfinches greedily pecking the seeds. The bird table is visited by pairs of wood pigeons, blackbirds and robins.



The pair of robins (Erithacus rubecula), ¬†have been the boldest and the friendliest. Whilst¬†washing up this morning, out the kitchen window we were delighted to see these two birds looking for food, then an adult fledgrob2flew down to help feed one of the youngsters. These fledgling’s chest feathers beginning to turn the red orange that the robin is so recognized by.






The garden is surrounded by tall trees, bursting into buds and leaves, there is blossom on smaller shrubs. A pair of chaffinches and a pair of wrens fledgrob4flit into the garden to collect feathers, grass and other nest building material including cobwebs. The air is filled with bird song from dawn to dusk.


We had to go out for more mealy worms today, the young robin was very grateful and came up close to where we were sitting outside for this robin_mealy_worm_21apr2015picture: