Monthly Archives: July 2016

Screeching Buzzard

The screeching call of the local Buzzard prompted me to get out for a walk around the block. I hadn’t gone far before I spotted a load of crows all circling nearby. Wondering if something had spooked them, or if they were just flocking around a source of food, I took a few steps further and was treated to the Buzzard flying quite low overhead!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 60 - Buzzard Dragon Goes Wild - Day 60 - Buzzard

It went on to circle quite high, but with the cloud cover it was still quite easy to spot.

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 60 - Buzzard Dragon Goes Wild - Day 60 - Buzzard


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Blackbirds – again!

This particular blackbird has been a regular visitor to the garden – she’s not after the berries in the Berberis (I think all the berries have been eaten already!), but comes to gather up some food we’ve put out, then take it away for her youngsters to share. It’s certainly keeping us busy, making sure there’s enough food for the sparrows, young robin and blackbirds to share!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 59 - Blackbird

 


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Soggy Fuchsias

The weather’s been a mixed bag today – blue skies and sunshine one minute, and rain the next! So when I looked into the garden after a rain shower, I spotted the raindrops on the fuchsia flowers. Nothing too spectacular about that, but with the way the sunlight was passing through the fence, it led to some interesting patterns on the petals.

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 58 - Soggy Flowers

 


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Post the food in here!

The House Sparrow families are back again! Bringing a few youngsters with them, they landed in the plants in the garden, swooping down to the wall where we’d left some food for them.

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 55 - Feed Me!!

The young sparrows still haven’t got the hang of feeding themselves yet – they sit near the food with quivering wings and beaks wide open, ready for the adults to post some food in.
Dragon Goes Wild - Day 55 - Feed Me!!

I’m amazed the youngsters still managed to chirp so loudly, with their beaks full of food!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 55 - Feed Me!!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 55 - Feed Me!!


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Not so tasty….

The House Sparrow families have been visiting the garden over the last few days, scooping up the food we’d put out, as well as taking a drink from the bird bath. But one sparrow had other ideas:

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 54 - Unusual Food?

Sitting in the ornamental Quince, he decided to sample one of the petals!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 54 - Unusual Food?

I’m not sure if it was the moisture on the petal that attracted his attention, or if he really thought it would be tasty, but after dropping that petal on the ground, he didn’t try picking any others off.


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A Queue for the Feeders

I know that seed feeders can be popular with small birds, but I never expected to see three different species all feeding at the same time!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 53 - Queuing up for the feedersDragon Goes Wild - Day 53 - Queuing up for the feeders

The birds which couldn’t get close to the feeders, all lined up on the roof. Either they’re drinking water from the guttering, or trying to pick insects and seeds from spiders webs.

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 53 - Queuing up for the feeders

But the sparrows made the most sensible use of the tree – lining up on a nearby branch to take it in turns to grab some seed!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 53 - Queuing up for the feeders

 


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Small bird, loud voice!

I could hear the short staccato shouting of a small bird in the garden. Thinking it was the female blackcap again I went to get my camera, only to discover it was actually a wren sitting on the garden fence.

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 52 - Wren

I’m impressed with the way the wren was able to preen its feathers and shout at the same time – that must take a lot of skill!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 52 - Wren

Suddenly the wren flew off, spooked by something on the other side of the fence. It didn’t go far though – it flew over to the opposite side of the garden, and continued shouting and preening for another few minutes before finally flying away.

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 52 - Wren

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 52 - Wren


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Fennel flowers

I bought a herb fennel plant in our first year as allotment holders – I hadn’t realised quite how readily it spreads its seeds! I now have multiple plants, but unless they’re in the way of other things I’m trying to grow, I let the new fennel plants grow too.

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 53 - Fennel

Normally the fennel reaches about 5 feet tall, but this one seems to want to smash that completely. It’s already taller than me when I stand on the pathway – if I was to stand at ground level, I think it’d be getting on for a foot and a half taller than me!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 53 - Fennel
We don’t get many birds on the allotment site, so I don’t know if the seeds would be something birds would eat. However the fennel flowers do tend to attract the insects; of course as I went to take the photo, they all flew off!


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Hopping around on the allotment

One thing you have to be careful of on the allotment, is where you put your feet. Not because the local cats might have left a deposit, but because the grasshoppers might end up underfoot!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 52 - Grasshoppers

This one jumped onto the rhubarb leaves as I was walking past, and I spotted the next one on a small patch of weeds and grass that I was about to stand on. It certainly pays to walk slowly, so they get a chance to hop out of the way!

Dragon Goes Wild - Day 52 - Grasshoppers


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