Some May/June photos from our garden (2021)

I have yet to make some sense of the thousands of small video files form the nest box camera in our garden. Hopefully I will be able to put something together but the shear number of them makes it rather difficult. In the meantime here are a few other photos of somethings that have gone on in the garden.

We have a small obelisk in the front garden that last year was used for Sweet Peas to grow on. The twine and wire is still on it and this year it looks as though Goldfinch are trying to get some of the twine to use in their nests. Last year I saw them getting blades of grass, this year it will take them a few visits to get enough twine for a nest.

We often have Dunnocks in the garden and over the last week or two it has looked as though we have had at least one pair. These photos show that either one of them has been dragged through the bushes by a cat or it is a newly fledged bird.

Our nest box with the internal camera is still visible, it has not yet been hidden by the Clematis. The parents were busy feeding the young. The caterpillars seem to be much more nutritious compared to the spiders we saw in previous weeks. The chicks are growing fast and the parents are taking away, or eating, the obligatory faecal sack.

The video files that we had seen recently start to show that the chicks were hopping up towards the entrance so I had a look through an upstairs window. This shows that we do not have long to wait for their fledging. More photos from the inside of the nest are to follow.

I hope this works for people over the internet. This video was taken from our back garden with the camera in the shade of the chimney. It is looking West just before 5:00pm on 30 March. I often see seeds floating past, but the numbers in this video are just amazing. I have looked on a few occasions since and seen nothing like these numbers.

Climbing Mouse

To encourage birds to find the camera nest box I put up some Sunflower seeds not to far away. The feeder is in the middle of a climbing Rose and is easy for small birds to get to. What I didn’t think about was that the rose gave little rodents a way to get to the feeder. And it didn’t take them long.

Blue Tits have been using the feeder too, they don’t seem to mind the mouse droppings on the tray. I can see the tray from a first floor window but from the ground it is above head height and it can be a bit painful reaching past the thorns to clean it.

The mouse has plenty of places to hide and breed, under stacked-up tiles, in a pile of bricks, under the shed, in plant pots and even inside a little burrow I have found under a Sage plant. I am OK with them as long as they stay out of the house.

Day 54 in our garden

I am surprised this is still going. New things are still showing themselves, not in the numbers of the early days when everything was new, but I guess Spring is helping. It might be coming to an end for 2 reasons:-

  • Nothing new shows itself for a few days, or
  • I decide it is time I left the garden.

I really want to get up onto Baildon Moor with my camera. Denso Marston Nature Reserve and the river are out for the time being until I am happier walking along the narrower paths even though it is within easy walking distance.

For Day 54 we have something new that has sort of been in before.

I have posted several pictures of Robins (Day 6 was the first time in this series) but this one is new, as in the Robin is new. It is a juvenile not yet displaying the red breast of an Adult.

Staying with birds; I have set my camera up a few times now to allow me to take photos of the Blue Tits using the nest box. One of the downsides of that is that my camera is not to hand to get photos of other things like the Large Red Damselfly that landed on a Sage leaf for a few seconds. The photo above shows one of the adults with an obligatory faecal sack in its beak.

I have posted photos of Roses before but this is the first flower on the Albertine Rose, it is high up and pointing up slightly so it is not the best way to display what is a nice Rose. It is hidden by leaves from an upstairs window, so that is the best I can do without getting the ladders out. Most of the stems on the Chive have flowers on now and are making a nice little display. The transplanted Geraniums have several flowers on now so they all seem to have survived the ordeal. The one I added to Day 50 now has an open flower next to it. You can see that they are different ages from the way the centre stamens and stigma are developed.

Here’s Day 53 in our garden.