Monday, 21 July 2014

My grandson Arthur........................ enjoying a toasted sandwich with his Dad

My son Craig having a snack in the garden with my little grandson Arthur... I love his little wellies.
He really is a happy little chap... I love him to bits.

Our World Tuesday

Sunday, 20 July 2014

400,000 visits to my blog................................................ many thanks for that!

My blog has just reached 400,000 visits.... many thanks for all your support.





The images above are of some of my favourite headers.
Many thanks for all your visits... it's very much appreciated.

Our World Tuesday

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Thursday, 17 July 2014

A wonderful five minutes.............................. just watching these little beauties

After work last night I was sat in the garden enjoying the last of the sunshine...

...when three juvenile Long-tailed Tits stopped by for a feed.

Last year they were regular visitors ... I've not seen so many this year.

Beautiful little balls of fluff with tiny little beaks... I can't get enough of them.

I hope it won't be too long before they return.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Trays under the feeders................. has made it easier for some of my visitors

I have added some trays under the feeders.
"A" to give the ground feeders a platform to feed from.
"B" to retain dropped seeds that attract the Woodpigeons... who are trampling all over the flowers!

I had only just screwed them on to feeders when the Collared Doves took advantage.

The perch was intended for the Robins and Blackbirds... don't worry they are using them as well.
As you can see the trays came with a hook underneath... enabling me to hang more feeders.

The trays are proving to be successful as a perch for feeding...
...stopping the mess and flower damage?... the juries still out on that one.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Pheasants on my commute.............................................. avoiding the traffic!

I see pheasants most mornings while driving to work... mainly trying to avoid running them over.

The pheasant shooting season doesn't open again until October... 
 ...so they should be enjoying life instead of trying to become roadkill.

This male was stalking a female on the grass verge...
...better things on his mind than worrying about the traffic!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

My grandson Arthur................................... enjoying a stroll in the countryside

 My little grandson Arthur having a summer ramble in the countryside.

He just needs a little rucksack to carry refreshments... plus a map and compass!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Juvenile Sedge Warbler..................................... in the River Weaver reed beds

A juvenile Sedge Warbler in the reed beds at Dutton Locks on the River Weaver.

It amazes me to think that this little bird will fly all the way to Africa in a few months time.

Linking to Wild Bird WednesdayCamera Critters and The Bird D'pot

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Juvenile Blackbirds......................................................... feeding in my garden

I have quite a few juvenile birds feeding in the garden.

The young Blackbirds are always scratching around looking for something to eat.

...and drink.

Making a bit of a mess of the flower beds in the process.

They are fending for themselves really well...

...but Dad always has an eye on them.... and has a loud alarm call when required.

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

If you haven't already seen it please scroll down to see the baby Robin in my garden in my last post.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Juvenile Robin................................................................... raised in my garden

For a few years now I have had Robins nesting in my garden.

This is the first juvenile in the garden this year... I saw it for the first time about a week ago.

 In a few weeks time it will moult into immature plumage...

 ...and get it's red breast...

 ...just like the Robin in my header.

Hopefully I will capture images of this change as the weeks pass by.

Linking to Saturday's CrittersCamera Critters and The Bird D'pot

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Juvenile Blue Tit in my garden............................... really enjoying the peanuts

My garden peanut feeder is very popular at the moment.

The Blue Tits in my garden have had a really successful breeding year... loads of youngsters on the feeders.
The clip is short... just 30 seconds of your time.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Juvenile Coots.............................................................. of all shapes and sizes

While we were at Erddig last weekend it was lovely to watch all the Coot chicks on the ponds.
There were loads of young chicks still being fed by their parents...
  ...and were quite happy to come close for a photo.


These younger chicks were all on a small pond near the flower beds.

Over on the big pool older juveniles were fending for themselves.

I managed to get within a few feet as they are so used to the visitors.

 No chance of getting this close to them on my local river... their far more wary...
... and just look at those amazing feet... and this is just a youngster.

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The Swallows at the National Trust House............................................. Erddig

The old outbuildings at Erddig were ideal nesting spots for swallows... and there were loads of them.

The old stables and workshops will have had nesting swallows for well over 200 years.

Swallows were flying in and out feeding their young constantly...dodging the visitors by inches. 

Me taking images of the vintage vehicles in the garages... the swallows were also nesting in here.

As we exited the house via the kitchens we had to pass through a small passage... 
...with six nests above with hungry mouths crying out to be fed. 

A newly fledged swallow was on the passage floor...
...a National Trust guide was warning visitors as they passed through.

It had left the nest but wasn't quite ready to fly... the parents were feeding it on the ground.
"It's the same every summer" said the guide... "but they always survive"

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday and The Bird D'pot

Monday, 23 June 2014

Sundays visit to Erddig................................................ the house and gardens

Sundays trip out was to visit a National Trust property just over the border in North Wales.

Erddig (pronounced Erthig) is a lovely place to visit...
 ...the garden is one of the most important surviving 18th-century gardens in Britain.

The view from the house... there is a pond in the distance.

 The pond was full of fish... big fish!

 Looking back towards the house from the end of the pond.

 The gardens where lovely to wander around with lot's of hidden corners.

 Carriage rides around the estate with a guide were available for hire.

Question... "Andrew? we could live here"
Reply..."not on my salary we couldn't!"

More to share when I get time to edit my images... the inside was very interesting.
Very Downton Abbey with a fantastic record of the downstairs staff from a century ago.

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Skywatch Friday

Saturday, 21 June 2014

The Cheshire County Show..................................................... falconry display

While at the county show on Tuesday we went to watch the falconry display.

Barn Owl
Vale Royal Falconry is based just across the the road from Mandy's Mum and Dads house in Acton Bridge.
As usual with things on your doorstep... we have never been.

The display lasted for over half an hour and was very entertaining.

First up was this lovely Barn Owl.

They asked for young volunteers to lie on the ground...then flying the Barn Owl over them.

The best bit for me was when the Barn Owl flew off to do his own thing... landing in a nearby stall.
Soon to be recaptured it brought the biggest cheer of the display.