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Trainee Blue Tit

It’s not just yesterday’s young blackbirds that are getting the hang of getting their own food – the young Blue Tits are also making an appearance.

This one was so intent on eating the blackfly, that he ended up hanging by his feet from the leaf! Not the most elegant of angles to eat from, but it seemed to be successful.


A Tribe of Blackbirds

You might spot one young Blackbird in the garden, and very rarely two at the same time, but this morning we spotted three youngsters in the garden together! Judging by the amount of moss being thrown off the roof, we’re assuming that at least one of the adult Blackbirds was sitting on the roof, trying to find some food for them.

Having attempted to eat the Berberis berries (a known delicacy for blackbirds), the youngsters then decided to try out the bathing facilities….


The bird bath isn’t quite large enough for three youngsters to get in together, so the third one came along afterwards for a solo wash!


Radish Flowers

My radish experiment failed spectacularly – the only radish plant to grow, has flowered and has not produced a radish! I hadn’t expected the flowers to look quite so pretty though.

The flowers didn’t last long before starting to fade, but it’s slightly made up for the lack of radishes from those seeds!


Morning Cloudscapes and Bird Feeding….

The weather was looking quite promising this morning, like it wanted to make sure that 30 days wild ended with sunshine!

During the morning, it clouded over a bit more, but that didn’t deter the flock of crows that has been flying over on a regular basis. You wouldn’t believe how loud they can be – I’m still amazed that birds choose to call loudly in flight, as you’d think that would draw attention to them.

I’m guessing someone nearby had put some food out, as the crows landed on nearby rooftops, taking it in turns to swoop down to the ground and grab something to eat.

In amongst those adult crows, there were also some youngsters, eagerly waiting for the adults to bring food to them.


Floral displays

We’re used to seeing the council’s hanging basket floral displays in the city centre, but in recent years there’s been a lot less of them. This year however, they’ve decided to use “eco-friendly” planters (these apparently retain the water, rather than letting it just drip through), which included a run of planters along the railings.

It definitely brightens up the street, and hopefully the bees will be happy with all that pollen too.

The only disadvantage of where they’ve positioned these planters, is that the local shops pile their rubbish for collection just next to those railings…. it was impossible to get a photo that didn’t have rubbish bags at the base!



Morning Cloudscapes – one every hour

I thought I would try something a little different for today – one cloudscape every hour from 8am – 11am, to see how the clouds changed across the morning.

Starting off with 8am, and lots of cloud cover with the sunlight just starting to peek through.

By 9am most of the cloud had vanished, leaving large patches of blue sky.

Slightly more cloud at 10am, although there’s definitely enough blue sky to make a pair of men’s trousers!

11am was looking almost the same as 10am….

….so I decided to “cheat” and take another couple of photos at 11:25am as well.

I’m not too sure what type of cloud this last one is, but there’s a really defined top edge to it.



Evening Cloudscape

I spent an hour or so on the allotment today, but unfortunately I didn’t take my camera with me! I did spot some ladybirds and a large spider that was making its home in my strawberry patch…. but today’s random act of wildness photo was taken this evening, when the cloud had rolled back in. There was a slight glow below the darker cloud which I’m guessing was the sunset reflecting off the clouds – it couldn’t have been the true sunset, as the glow was to the east!