Welcome to our back garden in North Oxfordshire...and meet our feathered visitors!

Friday, 17 June 2011

This Afternoon (During the Rain)

We got rain this afternoon. Most of our garden birds disappeared to sit in the trees and bushes. But two braved the rain to visit the drinking/bathing pool near our back door.

Batman/Batwoman...wish I could tell them apart! One or both of them is always on patrol, making sure nothing's wrong in their territory!

And daddy blackbird thought it might be a good time to take a little bath. Helping to raise the two young ones has been a dirty, tiring business!

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Views From This Weekend

Here are four photos that I've taken this weekend.

The first three are of the male chaffinch who frequently visits our garden. I've found him difficult to photograph in the past, but he posed beautifully for me yesterday afternoon.

In this photo, you'll see that the chaffinch is airborne, as a male blackbird hops around nearby.

And during this afternoon's rain, I got this shot of three blue tits happily sharing the peanut feeder.

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Friday, 10 June 2011

Taken By My Husband

I love this series of photos taken by my husband John.

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Photos Taken During the Past Week

Here is an assortment of photos taken during this past week, in our garden. As usual, you can click on any of them for a larger version.

A handful of birds, including little chaffinch babies, enjoyed some of the seed spilled out of a feeder.

A great tit enjoyed the sunflower seeds in a hanging tray.

Here's a colorful male chaffinch.

I didn't realize that housesparrows are so colorful!

We recently bought a "caged" seed feeder, to keep the squirrels out of the seed. Some of our visiting birds are finally beginning to use it.

My husband John took this great photo of the woodpecker who regularly visits the peanut feeder.


Monday, 6 June 2011

This Evening's Visitors

Just as soon as I finished watering the potted plants in our back garden after work this evening, a couple of hungry diners appeared on one of the feeders...

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Monday, 30 May 2011


I must admit that I find jackdaws really creepy. But as they are, unfortunately, regular visitors to our garden (several at a time...), I guess I should add a jackdaw entry to this blog.

Photos of jackdaws aren't easy to get, as they are spooked really easily. That's funny -- they spook me very easily, too!

I finally got a couple of photos this afternoon, and I've posted them here. Remember that you can click on any of the photos for a larger version.

Isn't that second photo a little chilling?


Sunday, 29 May 2011

An evening in the garden - 17 May 2011

John and I sat out in the back corner of the garden on the evening of the 17th of May, sipping on alcoholic ginger beer and watching the birds. Here are three photos I took that evening.

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