Well, it's been a funny few days. Signs of autumn are definitely in the air and fellow bloggers are also making the same comment. For the first time today, a short-sleeved T-shirt wasn't sufficient to keep me warm.
Another indication of Autumn is the spider I found when I came down into the kitchen!! It was a very very large one - about 3 feet in diameter!!! (well - a slight exaggeration perhaps ;) )
The bird numbers in the garden are still up, with about 15+birds visiting at one time. Mostly Green and Goldfinches and still many young around. Yesterday three robins were competing with their "tick ticking" alarm call and today one stayed around singing. I do hope it's "my regular" robin. He didn't seem at all fazed by my being in the garden so that's a good sign. I heard a Green Woodpecker but couldn't see it amongst the still green leaves on all the oak trees. A couple of days ago, the two Nuthatches visited and one came back again this morning.
My feeders are mostly hanging from the old apple tree or on feeding posts underneath that. My neighbour has now severely pruned some of the shrubs on his side of the garden and this has now opened up the area quite considerably. This has the advantage of allowing considerably more light through - good for the garden and taking pictures, but, at the same time, has removed a great deal of cover for the birds.
A couple of days ago, I had a Sparrowhawk visiting - first for a long time, and now the Magpies and a Crow (although always around the garden) have found their way to the feeders. I'm hoping this is coincidence and their visits will not be regular.
A crow dropped in for a meal of peanuts, but
after it had left, I had a visit from about 7 Long-tailed tits - great! (Not a brilliant picture, but......it's Long-tailed Tits!)
Today, I managed only a quick visit and short walk to and in Bushy Park. It was grey, dull and windy and the rain threatened. Fortunately it stayed away until I got back into the car.
Canada Geese are very evident and increased in numbers.
One of the 7 cygnets - now showing adult colouring in it's beak and wing feathers.
The male mallard was preening, what I can only presume, his new feathers.
and further along a female mallard was similarly engaged!
Black headed Gulls were also increasing in numbers - a sure sign of winter being on it's way
They were using the wind as they flew above the pond's water
Jackdaws abounded and occasionally stopped for a rest..
On one of the small islands, a lone Cormorant was drying its wings - nice to see one there again.
And finally, this Black-headed Gull was playing games with its left leg...
Now you see it......
Now you don't.....
And just as I type this, the Sparrowhawk has swooped throught the garden again - it got away with nothing!
I shall have to think about re-siting the feeders now they've become more exposed :(