Friday, 26 April 2013

nest building

Whenever we brush the dog we let the balls of hair fly loose and when I clean my hair brush I always throw the hair out of the window and this is why.

 Some people fill up a bird feeder with hair, but I prefer to put seed in ours so the hair just flies free until it gets caught in a hedge or on some wire somewhere. I knew the hair was being used as we find it in the nest boxes every autumn when we clean them out but it was great to see it actually being collected!

I first spotted this great tit collecting hair yesterday afternoon, but it came back again this morning too, these pics were taken through the kitchen window, I didn't want to risk going outside and disturbing it. I think I need to get a hide in my back yard!!!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

All happening in the sky today

So what were the carrions getting hot and bothered about while we were sat out in the garden today enjoying the late afternoon sun - it soon became evident that something was just about to kick off, and then up flew a raven -  and a dog fight ensued. so in between the wows I managed to click a few pictures

and then a buzzard made an appearance,

and if that wasn't enough we had another marsh harrier fly by too.- I can't believe it - the second marsh harrier this year!

followed by a couple of greylag geese

What a wonderful hour!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

We nearly missed this - and this just missed us too!

Enjoying a leisurely morning I walked out of kitchen and spotted this crashed hot air balloon. Another half an hour and it would have been packed away without any of us noticing it.
I have no idea how long it had been there but the recovery vehicles were already there when I noticed it. It landed the other side of the common and as a previous post on this blog has already mentioned they do fly over us so I guess we had a lucky miss!!!