Sunday, 12 April 2009
Back on my Perch
I thought it was time to do a post on the garden birds again, as that is, after all, where I do most of my observing.
Earlier this week I was very pleased to get another photo of a Long Tailed Tit and this time without the fat ball feeder which was nice. The photo below is the same one but cropped closer.
I thought I would also show a few plants that are blooming in the garden at the moment. Below is a photo of Japonica (Chaenomeles) or flowering quince.
The Greenfinch is one of the most common visitors to the garden.
This is Drumstick Primula (Primula Denticulata).
I am lucky to see plenty of Goldfinches in the garden they and the Greenfinches are here every day and constantly vying for perches at the feeders.
This male House Sparrow is an uncommon visitor to the garden nowadays where it used to be probably the most common.
The picture below is very poor as it was taken from a good ninety feet away and is badly focused, but the birds do seem to prefer the far end of the garden, where there is nowhere for me to photograph them inconspicuously. Perhaps I should get one of those camouflaged portable hides! Anyway, this male Blackcap was photographed a couple of weeks ago.
This is Bergenia or Elephant's Ears as it is commonly known.
The photo below is not from the garden, it was taken on a walk with the dog a couple of days ago and the light was difficult as it was after seven in the evening, but I wanted to post it as I can't decide if it is a Willow Warbler or a Chiffchaff. I believe one of the best ways to distinguish between them is that the Chiffchaff has black legs and the Willow Warbler pinkish yellow, the problem with the light means it is difficult to see the true leg colours but I'm leaning towards it being a Willow Warbler. I am very pleased to have seen either of them but wonder if someone might be able to make a definite identification.
I photographed this Robin on the same walk but an hour or so before.
These Violets have seeded themselves in various places around the garden.
The photo below of a Great Tit was taken in the garden a few weeks ago.
Finally I would like to wish everyone a Very Happy Easter and to thank you all for visiting and for the support you have given me since I started this blog just two months ago, it has been a pleasure to get to know so many nice people and I look forward to lots more happy blogging.
Easter eggs courtesy of Wikipedia.