During August and early September most of the birds desert my garden but every now and then a whole load of Starlings descend.
Here's just a portion of them, think there were about 3 times as many as I've got here.
Right little piggies for my SF picture.
... does help! This was another of my friend's efforts. He was a bit quicker in getting the camera focused. Though I think the bill isn't quite right, perhaps it moved.
It seems the Blackbird has almost finished the offerings on that gatepost.
I had to grab the camera back from my friend, as a Great Tit landed in the trees on my side of the track.
Some of you will know the struggles I have to get pictures of these at home, on the rare occasions they condescend to visit me. That's why its nice to go to Craighall, as there seems to be...
The gatepost was on the left side of my car (for those that drive on the wrong side of the road, that's the passenger side LOL).
So I shoved the camera into my friend's hand and got him to take the picture. By the time he'd worked out the controls he only managed this image and the next two...
A load of young Starlings flocking together plotting their next raid on my window feeder!!
This was most of the ringleaders, there were a few more on the other gable end, on the aerial and in the tree pretending not to be involved in the decision!
..... there were SIX!
I knew there were more but it was so difficult to count them as they were back and fro so quickly. I think I've seen more but again difficult.
This is the most I've got in one picture.
Not only does this one need cleaning, but Windows did an update last night and I've been trying to do something with this computer since 9am, lost count of the times I've re-booted it!!
It does seem just a little more stable at the moment.
Anyway how do you like my over-long Blue Tit for SF?
Ok I'm guessing it's dad, no woman would appear in public in such a mess!!!
However, he seems to have managed to rear about 5 youngsters, as they all arrived at the same time.
I was actually beginning to despair of seeing any as the weather had been so cold and wet it seemed the majority of...
The fledgling Blue Tits were brought straight to my window feeders when they left the nest. So decided it was 'their' territory.
It's been difficult to count them, but there's generally 5 and on odd occasions I've had about 10 I think.
This one looks really angry about something LOL
I can't actually work out which is his right leg and which his left LOL. He's also rather a moulting mess too, with no feathers on his forehead.
Guess he wouldn't be too pleased if he knew I'd taken a photo of him in this state, but I didn't actually know until I'd downloaded it.
Some of you will know the difficulties I have trying to get pictures of a Great Tit at the window feeders.
They're usually in and out so quickly but this one seemed to really savour the half coconut filled with fat and seeds.
Rather a distant shot this one, more an attempt to zoom in to see what it was sitting on a rather distant neighbour's roof in the next street.
I'd not seen one for a bit, but they seem to be coming back again now, but just the odd one.