Monday, May 14, 2018

A few photos from the wildlife in the garden.

Maximum temperature today 14C, minimum 7C.    Drizzle on and off so far today; 21 mm of rain since I last posted. 17 km/h North Easterly winds with up to 37 km/h gusts. 
Total rain now since 1 January 502 mm !!

Male common blackbird (Turdus merula) and male house sparrow (Passer domesticus).

are you watching me?

Oh well, I need to wash anyway...

both sides...

Mr Sparrow is moving in on the blackbird...

Promise I won't look...

Then they both gave up at the same time!

Meanwhile, Mr Blackbird decided he must preen and straighten his feathers...

Have to look good for the Mrs...

Hope she appreciates all this pampering...

Now to go and find her.

The Common Wall Lizard - (Podarcis muralis), basking in the few minutes of sun that appeared...

This one was not so sure! There are apparently 14 species of this lizard, which I presume accounts for all the various different markings.

The only insect I saw and just a fly on an Iris!

Last nights sunset.

We will be away for a few days this week exploring Bordeaux in readiness for visitors arriving from the USA in August.  For the most part, all we really know of Bordeaux is the airport !  I am not taking the laptop so will only blog again on our return.


N.B. My new bird blog is updated  HERE 
Part 9 of the birds I saw last year in Africa.

12 comments:

  1. One: that sunset is stunning. Favourite time of day. Two: love the actions shots of the birds bathing. Three: you've even captured the water spray!

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    1. Thanks for all the kind comments here, glad you enjoyed this post. Take care and will be back at the ned of the week. Diane

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  2. I love to watch birds bathing and drying itself! Wow! A beautiful sunset!

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    1. If I only had the time I would be watching the bird bath all day long :-) Keep well, be back soon Diane

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  3. Enjoy your time away, although will miss you!

    The iris is lovely, and I always enjoy seeing the critters, Diane.

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Sally, only away for a few days to do some research. Take care, see you soon. Diane xx

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  4. Off with you, sans laptop. Enjoy Bordeaux - both the city and the kind you can drink!

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    1. Thanks David, sadly I am not a fan of the wines of Bordeaux, too much tannin in the reds for me. I prefer Rhone wines, but having said, that my favourites are still S. African or Chilean wines. I am not a good advert for French wines!!! If I have to drink French then I go for a dry Rosé while Nigel much prefers red. Will be back at the end of the week. Cheers Diane

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  5. I love your bird bath photos! Have a great trip!

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    1. Thanks Marie, we over did it a bit and we came home very tired!!! Now I need to get out and work in the garden! Have a good weekend Diane

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  6. Great Blackbird series. Enjoy the holiday.

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    1. Thanks Gaelyn it was a hectic couple of days and we tried to do too much!!!!! Hope you have a good weekend Diane

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