Sunday, 14 April 2019

All photos taken in our garden.

I am only just starting to feel better after the very bad flu/cold and I have hardly been out at all, now my husband has it, we will not be going far for a few more days at least!

Great tit (Parus major) at the window.

As above.

Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus).

Dunnock (Prunella modularis).

Common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs).

As above.

House sparrow (Passer domesticus), female.

As above.

As above.

House sparrow (Passer domesticus), male.

As above.

As above.

Is this still the same one that the Little Owl has missed or do we have a whole family of them?
Bank Vole (Myodes glareolus)

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Saturday, 6 April 2019

Garden excitement.....

I have not been feeling well all this week, I have picked up a bug that has caused my longtime cough to reappear.  Therefore I have not been out and about, but the one photo I did take this week was more than enough to keep me going bird-wise.

I was in the bathroom cleaning my teeth when I glanced out of the window to see a bird in the Acer tree behind the cherry tree. I was not sure what it was at a distance, but it was enough for me to throw down the toothbrush and race through the house for my camera. I zoomed in through the window, and although quite far, and another tree in front, I managed to get a couple of shots that were fairly respectable. Little Owl (Athene noctua)....

I carefully tried to open the door to see if I could get a direct shot, but no, as soon as I moved the door handle it was gone.

Last, but not least, this Bank Vole (Myodes glareolus) was stealing some of the bird seed, do you think this is what the Little Owl had its eye on or is it a bit big? ID thanks to Susan.

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Thursday, 28 March 2019

The wanderers have returned......

We have not seen a Greenfinch or a Goldfinch in months and suddenly they both turned up today.

European greenfinch, (Chloris chloris) male...

As above and I think female...

and another male.

European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)...

As above...

As above.

House sparrows (Passer domesticus) taking a bath. Just love the expression on the female's face while she is being splashed 😉

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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Out to lunch

We went out to lunch on Wednesday and luckily for me, we were right next to the Charente River. Although nothing exciting in the way of feathered friends, I do not often see ducks, so that is all I have for this week!
Mallard male (Anas platyrhynchos)... I see they all have rings...


as above.

Male ready to shoot the rapids, I was not quick enough to catch them in the foam...

Presumably, it was lots of fun though as they flew back for another try.  Sadly I did not have the time to wait around and see what else might have happened.

Male, he was swimming against the current and not going very far!!...

 a pair.

and a final male...

and female.

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

It has been a wet week and all photos again in the garden.

Common blackbird (Turdus merula)...

Splish splash...

Having a good shake...

That feels so much better.

Common Chaffinch female (Fringilla coelebs)...

Common Chaffinch male...

Common chaffinch female...

And another male with his mouthful!

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Birds in our French garden this week. Too wet to go out much.

Eurasian or common blackbird (Turdus merula) in hiding

Moving a little closer.

European goldfinch  (Carduelis carduelis) with female House sparrow to the left...

I have only seen one this year, there used to be dozens around!

Eurasian collared doves (Streptopelia decaocto) with house sparrows (Passer domesticus).

Common wood pigeon (Columba palumbus)  drinking...

 Paddling - a bit small for bathing!...

in jump mode!

House sparrow female (Passer domesticus).

House sparrow male (Passer domesticus).

European robin (Erithacus rubecula).

Great spotted woodpecker, male (Dendrocopos major)

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