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Warming Up

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Only a few days ago, this was my chilly garden …

… and, despite the snow, up in the shrubs on the left …

a blackbird was on her nest !

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Now, warmer weather is here … we have butterflies …

… bees on the rosemary …

… and the robin is checking out prime locations …

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More good news … safe in my shrubs, the blackbird and family are doing well …

On Conker’s 12th birthday, Truffle managed to keep still just long enough to pose for a photo …

… and Conker received this wonderful birthday card from Hywel, Beryl and Bella …

Following my recent GoY single picture of a blue tit, I’ve been asked for more photos, so here goes …

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They love hopping about on the ceanothus …

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Cute fluffy feathery tummy here …

… and I was lucky to click at the exact moment this one decided to jump for joy …

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I hope you’re having fun in your spring gardens …

… and jumping for joy !

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Lovely blog TT. I hope you have all enjoyed watching Crufts. Happy Birthday Conker you do look very well for a 72 year old.

13 Mar, 2016

 

Goodness Terra , your gardens a wildlife haven,
that butterfly is a Comma, looks like a tatty tortoiseshell but much more special, on its closed wings you see a tiny white comma, haven't seen them here for many years......

Its a lovely card from Hywel Beryl and Bella xxx

As to your photos of the bluetits, well simply stunning.......especially the last one
Just wonderful xxx

13 Mar, 2016

 

A great set of photographs TT and isnt it a joy to have the birds nest in your garden, well captured, did Hywel paint the card? do you think Spring has arrived?

13 Mar, 2016

 

You have done well with your camera Terra, all wonderful shots, isn't it great to see the bees returning and of course to actually see a butterfly, only saw a couple here last year, the birds are really enjoying all your shrubs, here the blackbirds are nesting in the conifers near the bottom pond, they are so busy collecting food from the patio, have my watchful eyes on the magpies that keep sitting in my willow tree, they raided my blackbirds nest a couple of years back so I keep trying to discourage them, not my normal practice as regards birds but I am making an exception as regards the magpies...A big hug for Conker for his birthday, he looks so well which is a joy to see when one thinks of all he went through, both Conker and Truffle are looking very handsome in the special photo....Hope you are keeping well in yourself, soon be springtime and hoping for lots of warm days to enjoy our gardens..xx

13 Mar, 2016

 

Super photos Tt, keep them coming.

13 Mar, 2016

 

A lovely blog, Terra, so interesting. I have a bird box sited right near my ceanothus and I've already seen a blue tit checking it out though no activity yet. There are more than last year though which is exciting.
I'm going to have to do something about the greedy starlings though I'm at a lost as to know what. Any food I put out they crowd onto and eat what they can and, of course, the small birds won't go there when the feeders are that busy.

The blackbirds are lovely, aren't they?

14 Mar, 2016

 

Excellent....that Tit in the last picture looks like he's doing the high jump with no run up!!

14 Mar, 2016

 

I didn't know you'd had snow. I'm glad it didn't stay.

I'm pleased that Conker liked his card :o)

14 Mar, 2016

 

Thanks for very interesting comments.
The pretty card is by Christine Varley of Waggy Dogz for the Dogs Trust.
The other day in my garden I noticed a long-tailed tit with a mouthful of nesting material, so I hope to see more of those soon.

15 Mar, 2016

 

Superb blog and pictures TT, just love them all, the bluetit jumping for joy is amazing!! Glad your snow didn't last and the warm spring weather was back in time for Conker's birthday picture shoot! your handsome boys posed as beautifully as ever, do hope the Long Tailed Tit takes possession of one of your prime location houses - or have they all been occupied by the Blue Tits? :o) xxxx

15 Mar, 2016

 

Beautiful pictures TT. I love the photos of birds and butterflies. Keep up the good work and post some more.

17 Mar, 2016

 

Thanks Neena ...
Unfortunately I think my new bird boxes were put up too late to be chosen by birds this season, but certainly there are signs of birds collecting nesting materials to take up into the trees, and the blackbird family is doing very well.
Thanks BG ...
I'm keeping my camera handy for more bird pictures.

17 Mar, 2016

 

Hi Avis .. Thanks.
that's a very useful idea.

18 Mar, 2016

 

Thank you Avis, I shall look into that.

18 Mar, 2016

 

Wow !!! How did you do that ? Looks so Wonderful, Terra :-)

18 Mar, 2016

 

Love the Blog :-))) xxxxx

18 Mar, 2016

 

I checked on eBay, Avis, but there are now fence feeders now - did you buy the last one? At least nothing that would be suitable for my garden - yet. There are one or two cats around too, plus the hovering sparrowhawk so all feeders have to be camouflaged as best I can. Still, there's hope.

18 Mar, 2016

 

truly wonderful, well done.

3 Apr, 2016

 

Thank you Junna, and Lemondog ...
I was very lucky, being able to take those photos !

4 Apr, 2016

 

I must have missed this blog Terra - only found it just now when I was looking around to try to find out where you were - been missing your blogs lately. I hope you and the team are OK.
Sue

21 Aug, 2016

 

Snap Terra. I just saw Spritzhenry's new pup and wondered where Terra was. Haven't seen a load of regulars lately and they are missed.

5 Sep, 2016

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