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Old Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 14:49   #2426
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How cute, Val! He doesn't look too shy. LOL!

Saw the first Purple Martins yesterday. A few pair of Gold Crowned Kinglets were busy doing their thing.Also saw a Tufted Titmouse in addition a pair of Mallard Ducks came to say hello.

The usual visitors were out and about as well.
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Old Wednesday 1st May 2013, 11:16   #2427
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No wonder the feeders get emptied so fast.
Pesky Corvids. This one is a Jackdaw.
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Old Wednesday 1st May 2013, 20:05   #2428
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A flock of 10 American Goldfinches appeared and went straight to the feeders. A lone Crow flew overhead with a lone Grackle after him. Soon more Grackles and even a Blue Jay joined the chase to drive him away.

Five Turkey Vultures cruised by as Tufted Titmice were chasing one another. Mr. House Sparrow flirted with his girl friend and invited her to his home. He danced and sang and she couldn't resist so she went to check out the furnishings.

Pair of White throated Sparrows appeared to be courting and the male House Wren has laid claim to 2 nest boxes ... as per usual. Several pair of Cardinals were bouncing around the ground and tree branches
Looks like the Starlings were shopping today as they were piling on the furnishings in their new home.

Was doing some spring clean-up in the garden and out hops a chubby toad from beneath a lovely rock. I promised his home would not be disturbed in the least and it wasn't. Can't lie to a chubby toad! Saw the Great Blue Herons flying south to the river. Later this afternoon they will fly over going north and will continue their schedule until late fall. Not *quite* sure but may have.seen the first Chimney Swifts ... but there wasn't the normal twittering so maybe they were Purple Martins.

Also had 3 of some kinda ducks fly over. Not sure who they were but they were in a hurry!

I think I mentioned everyone...
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Old Wednesday 1st May 2013, 20:08   #2429
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Missed mentioning the Mourning Doves marching.on the patio. Plus there are Bumble Bees the size of your fist. Well not quite but they seem HUGE! Lots of butterflies were out today, mostly the Cabbage White and some tiny blue guys whose name I always forget.

Also saw the first Salamander of the year ... rising out of a pond like Nessie then going back under. LOL!


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Yep! Chimney Swifts are back and twittering away!
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Old Thursday 2nd May 2013, 22:47   #2431
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The usuals as listed on top plus some Robins.

Saw a Robin chase off a Cooper's Hawk alone.

Was face to face with Mr. House Sparrow this afternoon as I was weeding the garden. I was motionless as he happily bounced about within touching reach!
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First juveniles of the season....two young Blackbirds. Not sure which nest they are from, but they are already well grown. Didn't stay long enough for a piccie.
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Old Monday 19th August 2013, 15:10   #2433
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Some butterflies ...
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Old Tuesday 20th August 2013, 15:56   #2434
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Very nice, Kits. We have a lot of Small Tortishells at present too, plus the others.
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Old Tuesday 20th August 2013, 16:27   #2435
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Yes, very nice. Mostly whites here, with peacocks and the odd meadow brown.
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Thanks, Val and Paul!
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We have a frog in our pond. Not seen one for years. I hope it stays, finds a mate & next Spring we get spawn & tadpoles.
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Old Thursday 29th August 2013, 20:07   #2438
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A young House Martin trying to decide whether to fly or not!
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Well, he's sort of left the nest, Wendy. Nice photo's.

We have another frog...
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Old Thursday 29th August 2013, 21:54   #2440
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Very nice additions, Wendy and Val.
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Old Saturday 31st August 2013, 03:13   #2441
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Lovely to see young martins, I've not seen that much of them this year though there were the usual party collecting mud at the river on my patch. I did see a sand martin on the wires amongst the swallows at the mill last week though, which was lovely as I like those even more than house martins!

My tame collared dove is 'still' around, and still looking good - she really is quite a few years old now, I'm always surprised to see her when she turns up after disappearing for a while, especially with so much sparrowhawk activity! My new regular, rather moth-eaten, robin is coming to see me regularly for suet and gathered the courage to take a piece from my hand yesterday, though whether it will repeat it is touch and go - some birds go for it in a bold way after the first try (which my old dove did) but others never really lose their nervousness and keep their distance, sometimes not repeating it.
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Oh, and I had a gorgeous Ruby-tailed wasp checking out the holes in the mortar in my back wall yesterday. I got a really close view and it shone in the sunshine! Beautiful insects, they really are!
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Sparrows, in the bush next to the back door. Every time I go out side they panic.
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Lovely, Val. We have very few sparrows round our garden.
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There were around 20 in that bush, Kits & most were young ones, but I could only take the birds on top, through the window.
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One GSW, two jays, one treecreeper, one nuthatch, chaffinches, great tits, blue tits, one LTT, wood pigeons, magpies, one robin all been in today.
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Watched a wren hopping around the jasmine hedge this morning. Nice to see a wren again.
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8 hen and one cock pheasant strolling round the back garden.
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The Goldfinches are back, usual Blue,Coal & Great Tits & a very tame Robin.

Strangly we have very small baby Pond Skaters zipping around the surface of the pond. I hope they grow quickly, else they won't survive if it gets colder.
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Green woodpecker in today. Naturally, the camera was the other end of the house!
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