My blog is mostly about wildlife, particularly birds, walking, days out, all growing things and anything else that comes to mind.
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Monday, 16 March 2009

Sun - birds - flowers

Today I only had the afternoon to "play". The sun was shining and warm and I headed off for a bit of birding at RHS Wisely. I'd taken a light jacket - which I carried in my backpack all afternoon.

Warm sun, my first Peacock Butterfly of the year; Yellow Brimstones; Bumble bees, the scent of many flowering shrubs, birds... - hey reality check - yep - it's the UK and it's Spring!

I saw: at the feeder on Battlestone Hill - Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Siskin (female) Chaffinches, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robin, Treecreeper

And nestbox 47 is still being visited (FAB please note)

Elsewhere in the gardens: Green Woodpecker (well - on a tree in the Golf course seen across the river from the gardens) and Grey Wagtail (on a branch in the river); the usual Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. Blackbird, Goldfinches and Robin etc. etc.

Blackbird singing his sub-song high on the building's roof

Great Spotted Woodpecker - he likes sunflower hearts!

as does this female Siskin

and the Nuthatch

The chaffinch sits high up in the tree

but feeds (mostly) on the ground

whilst the Grey Wagtail prefers a watery perch

and I can't post without including a singing Robin

Flowers around the garden

Magnolia Buds




And in the Glasshouse


Oh how I love Spring :D


swatson said...

fabulous photographs again Tricia.Colours are beautiful in all your shots

MaineBirder said...

Beautiful photos Tricia! I love that Great Spotted Woodpecker. :)

shirl said...

Gosh Tricia... if this posting reflects only an afternoon at play what just what could you share on a whole day ;-)

What a beautiful selection of photos. Thanks for sharing your trip. Hands down it was the woodpeckers that caught my eye today! What great clear shots they are too - just brilliant. Now... it's my turn to be green with envy :-D

Janine said...

Lovely orchids T

SPD said...

How did you ever find time to work before? Lovely photos as ever mum you are a star! Lv S

Tricia said...

Sheila - many thanks

MainBirder - The Woodpecker was very obliging

Shirl - Thank you - he was a very dramatic bird and, a whole day? Well....

Janine - They have some wonderful colours and markings

SPD - Find time? I don't really know; I can assure you that NOT working is a whole deal better.....

ShySongbird said...

Hi, Tricia
Just had a chance to catch up with your recent posts, beautiful photos throughout, as usual. I particularly liked the Woodpecker, Siskin and Nuthatch. Lovely colourful flowers also.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That was a variety Tricia, not bad for just an afternoon.

Stewart said...

Love the Robin shot Tricia...

Tricia said...

ShySongbird: Thanks - it was a colourful day all round I feel!

Roy: It's not a huge area to cover so it's relatively easy to get round most parts in a short time.

Stewart: Thanks - Robin's ares such cheery bird :D

Jayne said...

Once again I am in awe of your work, great shots that show you really are at peace with your subjects - well done and thanks for sharing!!

Tricia said...

Thanks Jane - never happier than when outdoors with birds/wildlife/plants etc. etc.

Chris said...

Hi Tricia,
Thanks for passing by my blog. This is a wonderful post with a lot of interesting pictures. I love the birds pictures of course but your flowers are also awesome.

Tricia said...

Hi Chris - thanks for your kind comments. I agree about preferring the bird pictures but the others were too good not to photograph.

Old Wom Tigley said...

So much beauty to behold... excellent posting..

Tricia said...

Thanks Tom - it's a great place to visit too :)

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