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.
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!
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!
The weather conditions were obviously perfect for some unusual cloud formations this afternoon.
The clouds started off stripey, but soon changed….
I’m assuming a plane’s had flown through this cloud, leaving a dark shadow showing its route!
Looking towards the north tonight, there was a glow from the sunlight (as crazy as that sounds, it doesn’t get fully dark to the north until later, despite it being dark here at that point!). I thought I’d try taking a photo, as there was a strangely red glow to the clouds and sky.
I didn’t want to fuss with a tripod, so I took this shot handheld through the window – and it came out surprisingly well! I did have to edit the photo a little to make the clouds show up a little clearer, as my camera has a tendency to make night photos overly dark, but the silhouettes of the trees came out amazingly clearly.
The sky wasn’t an intense red at sunset, but there was a nice ambery orange glow to the clouds towards the north.
If there’s one disadvantage of trying to take a photo of those rapidly moving small birds, it’s how swiftly they fly! After multiple photos of just a clear blue sky where it had flown out of the shot, and others that were just a blur as it changed direction as I took the photo, I got lucky.
It’s not the clearest, but so far it’s the best photo I’ve managed to take…. although I’ve still not been able to identify the bird!
The neighbourhood robin has made an appearance again. Not content with just flying down onto the grass while it’s being cut (you need eyes in the back of your head to make sure he stays safe!), he’s been checking over the other gardens for some tasty insects.
I’m assuming he has a family to feed, as he’s been heading to the garden on a fairly regular basis recently.
I will admit that I’ve never spotted crows preening before, so I was surprised that these two were just happily perched like this on a nearby roof for quite so long.
Another reflected sunset for today – my camera still struggles to capture the red to quite the level that it looks in the sky, but I think this is a more accurate photo than some I’ve taken before!