Saturday, April 18, 2009

Blackbird Has a Baby

Seen for the first time, the first of the new arrivals, in the shape of a young Blackbird. It was following it's dad about the garden, learning it's way around and stopping at intervals to receive a tasty snack.

Today I observed Mr Blackbird busy collecting morsels of food and flying onto the rear fence then into the Holly bush, obviously feeding the youngster or youngsters who were being kept hidden. He did this 3 times as I watched, then he flew out of my line of vision to the gardens higher up the street.

Edit @ 19.05
We saw Mr Blackbird many times throughout the day, searching for and collecting food non stop.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Grey Heron and a Moorhen

It was mid morning yesterday when I heard this tap tap tapping coming from above. I knew it was Mrs Pecker, but I did not realise that she was trying to attract my attention, until that is she went to the top of the stairs and shouted me.

"Come here quick" she cried.

And quick I went, as quick as I can do quick that is. Through the rear bedroom window she pointed out the Grey Heron that was perched on the edge of the roof on one of the houses in Galsworthy Road. This is maybe 50 yards away at right angles to our garden. Mrs Pecker had seen it fly over from the front and alight on the flat roof.

It stood on gangly legs looking down intently at the garden below. Maybe they have a pond, I'm not sure, but something seemed to have attracted it's attention. We often see lone Heron's flying over but this is the first time we have seen one land in close proximity to our garden.

Seeing the Heron has in fact reminded me of another strange or at least unusual visitor we had a few weeks back, again spotted by Mrs P. The bird was a Moorhen, seen first on the patio and then observed to leisurely stroll up the garden.

I would like to point out to any readers of this entry that we live in a 1970's semi on a suburban housing estate with a small garden and no pond.

Bull Finch

Mrs Pecker has spotted a pair of Bull Finches. They appeared in Ron's behind then flew down the gardens to Phil's (4 gardens down) where they fed from one of the bird feeders he has hanging there.

I would like to point out that when I said the Bullfinches appeared in Ron's behind, I meant the garden of Ron who lives behind us.

We have only seen Bullfinches once before in our garden. That was one day last summer when I saw a male Bullfinch who spent quite some time eating seed from our bird table.