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  1. Vandal twins

    Vandal twins

    Two of the young starlings that had just left the nest. Sitting in the hedge behaving themselves for once LOL.
  2. Sentinel


    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.
  3. Supervising


    I think she was checking out the behaviour of the young sparrows. Though there don't seem to have been so many of them this year. Up on top of the beech hedge, which had had a real short back and sides (and top too) last year. TTTW
  4. Feeder fights

    Feeder fights

    By now I had so many Starlings in the garden after a whole shed-load of youngsters had spilled out from their nests. Oh the noisy squabbles that produced over the food. It got to the stage where they'd empty the fatball feeder within a couple of hours, as well as two coconut shells of filled...
  5. Clashing colours

    Clashing colours

    Mmmm.... I don't really think pink goes with orange, does it. We'd put a few tit bits on the gate post on the opposite side of the track to where the feeders are. Robin came in for some suet nibbles.
  6. Book Ends

    Book Ends

    Though not quite a matching pair!
  7. Where's the ladies then

    Where's the ladies then

    A very handsome looking guy sitting watchfully in the trees, but no sign of the girls. Just hope he's got a lady friend on a nest somewhere.
  8. Taken possession

    Taken possession

    It appears this lady has decided this part of the feeding area is hers and is daring anyone else to try and take over.
  9. It's strange

    It's strange

    The birds hardly touch the nuts at home, but I have to refill the feeder every time I go to Craighall. Mind you, I only get very rare visits from a Great Tit at home, Craighall has several, along with Red Squirrel and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
  10. Checking things out

    Checking things out

    Blue Tits are always a delight, aren't they.... especially when one sits still for a moment. Think he was either waiting his turn at a feeder or just checking to make sure it was safe to go in.
  11. Disappearing act

    Disappearing act

    ... and so well timed too, wasn't it! Frustrating, as I don't have too many pictures of a Robin at Craighall.
  12. I don't often notice...

    I don't often notice...

    ....the pretty pink tinge to the upper breast area. Must have just caught this one in the right light and the right angle. I've also noticed that the woodies are mostly keeping away during the day and coming to the pole feeder in the evening. Not sure what caused this change of behaviour...
  13. Getting brave

    Getting brave

    This was the first time I'd seen a Jackdaw on the pole feeder so just had to take his picture. Not seen one there since though LOL TTTW
  14. New arrivals

    New arrivals

    I think my previous picture was Dad checking out the garden to make sure it was safe to bring his youngsters to. Here's one of two juveniles straight from the nest. It wasn't long before I was counting 10-15 of them fighting over the feeders! TTTW
  15. Taking a rest

    Taking a rest

    The Starlings were really busy collecting food to take to the nests, they couldn't gobble up the meal worms quickly enough. Got this one taking a break on the beech hedge. TTTW
  16. At last

    At last

    The very end of May and at last some babies start to appear. Well.... one is a start. With the cold, wet weather throughout May, it delayed nesting quite drastically. Here's a proud dad giving his new hungry bairn a feed. TTTW
  17. Night crooner

    Night crooner

    We didn't have much good weather during May, but very often the rain eased off and it warmed up just as the sun was setting. Through the open window I could hear a Song Thrush, so went to investigate (even though it was all but pitch dark, there was enough to discern his outline. Not too sure...
  18. Divorced?


    ... why wasn't this female siskin eating at the same table as hubby I wonder? Seemed strange that he was on the tray and she was up the tree. TTTW for SF
  19. Enjoying


    Back at home, the Siskins were still around and here's the guy enjoying the seeds on the pole feeder. TTTW
  20. Out of hibernation

    Out of hibernation

    ... well I guess he'd been out for a bit, but was the first one I'd seen for months. Looks well, doesn't he.
  21. Browsing


    He came really pretty close and I had to take his picture through the bars of the gate. I'd heard them around before, but this was the first male I'd seen at the feeding station... having a grand time foraging for the droppings. Got my laptop back, but it's been a bit of a job getting...
  22. Woodie takes possession

    Woodie takes possession

    The first woodpecker I'd seen for months. I didn't get a look at the nape in any of the pictures, but I think this is a female. EDIT: since uploading this pic my laptop has had to go into Laptop Hospital. Don't think I'll be able to do much browsing for a day or two.
  23. Don't eat it all at once!

    Don't eat it all at once!

    A pretty Blue Tit at the Craighall feeders. BTW I've around 5-6 fledged ones on my window feeders at home. They're not nearly so quarrelsome as the Starlings LOL
  24. Inspecting his toes?

    Inspecting his toes?

    No, he's actually holding a seed to peck at! Ann pointed this out on a picture of hers a few years ago. Always learning, aren't we. What a difference a couple of weeks make in the Spring, end of April the buds were just opening, middle of May and it's all green!
  25. Hmmm .. that's what he thinks of being photographed

    Hmmm .. that's what he thinks of being photographed

    I'd got a hanging tub of peanut butter - you'd have thought he would be a bit more appreciative, wouldn't you. Still struggling a bit with my laptop, just managing to do things between times it decides it will let me!