birds trickier than flowers

Having come to this site via “Grows On You”, the similarities and differences become clear. And the main one is that flowers stay put as you try to photograph them. A lot of the birds featured on the site will surely have to remain circumstantial. I know I’ve seen a kingfisher from the bottom of my garden (where the river runs) on many occasions, but I can’t prove it. I can’t even send you a picture of someone else’s.

Because I have, in addition to the river, woods at the back of the house, by keeping my eyes open and installing a feeder I have seen a remarkable variety of birds. However I have never, from this house, seen either a house sparrow or a starling. I also miss out on some birds because the garden is rather enclosed. I’ve seen goldfinches nearby, but only had a fleeting occasional visit.

One of the joys of watching birds in the garden is being able to observe their personalities, watch the family squabbling, brothers and sisters fighting over nuts; long-suffering mothers with their clueless but demanding young. Flowers and plants do have individual characters, but I could never get quite as cross with a nettle, or goosegrass as I do with jackdaws. And there is surely nothing growing in the soil as stupid as a wood pigeon (let alone the irritating noise!)

I wish I had a better camera and more time. I shall enjoy seeing the results from those who have both.

Comments

20 Jul, 2010
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jane said:

A lovely blog...thank you for giving us a "picture" of your garden Ali....agree with you about personalities...enjoyed seeing the comical antics of our starlings especially when they brought their squabbling young in spring. Backing onto woods I guess you will get spotted woodpeckers visiting ?

20 Jul, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Sounds so familiar Ali out at the week end and saw a branch over hanging a stream and no sooner said that would make an ideal kingfisher perch .. than one landed on it !

Sat and waited .. focused on the branch it landed on the one next to it ...re focused but gone have a series of fascinating twigs over hanging streams if you ever have trouble getting to sleep one night I ll post a load of pics .

Yes there are some very skilled photographers here but we all acknowledge each others varying skills , equipment and opportunities so hope you will submit as more about sharing a passion and interest than fantastic shots.

That said we all aspire to them in our own way gives us something to aim for whilst we keep trying ..hope you enjoy the site and look forward to your contributions.

20 Jul, 2010
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sixpence said:

Now you ve started with a feeder the goldfinches will surely come back in droves especially autum and winter as they have myself.

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