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April well in it’s stride and trees have been greening up. I have seen a number of birds of prey but they are soaring at such a height I am not sure what they are. I did catch a photo of what I believed to be Buzzards and also one of a Red Kite. The former were so high that at one time the leader was chased into cloud cover. I did also get a few photo shots every time I popped into my kitchen of my other regular visitors.

The bird top right hand corner dived down at such a speed towards the one bottom left hand corner.

This picture does show how fast they were chasing each other

After a few seconds of a great flying show and a stiff neck the two flew off in perfect unison.

Popped into the kitchen for a cup of tea and saw this kite fly over once, so hoping for a return I grabbed a camera and aimed at a tree just below where the bird last made an appearance. Yes, lady luck must have shone down. Caught a nice picture then added bonus to see it was an introduced kite. Blue tag on the right wing and orange on the left wing. If the facts were correct this bird was tagged in Yorkshire in the year 2001. Travelled a few miles down to the Chilterns.

One half of a mating pair of collared doves

Cementing the bond

The red the Robin’s breast so vivid in the sun.

Looks like this male chaffinch has a pair of shades perched on it’s forehead

This female blackbird regularly taking turns to feed whilst it’s mate has a bath.

Who’s a pretty boy then

You can take that look off yer face

And the same to you mate.

Robin back collecting mealworms

Two Woodpigeons and a Dunnock with one interest, looking for food.

I have to keep an eye out for the Magpies so they don’t see me putting out the mealworms but they must have an incredible sense of smell because they will turn up in minutes. Sadly stuffing so much into the beak the underneath pouch swells to full capacity.

One for the gardeners but I will try planting more for the birds and bees this year. I see that a lot of bees are going hungry and in great demise.

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Brilliant tommy, that kite is stunning, and lovely to know about it's history.
I do like those ring collared doves. But they don't come to this garden.

15 Apr, 2012


Hello Sticki, I have been in touch with a web site that has requested to contact them about tagged Kites so if and when I hear I will update. I have seen a lot more doves this year and perhaps they will expand their home territories. I have not seen a sparrow for over 10 years and have only had one starling visit my garden in the same time.

15 Apr, 2012


funny you should say that about the sparrow, i saw a dunnock/hedge sparrow? only this week in the garden and thats the first time in 7 years!!

we have wood pigeons but i much prefer the ring collared doves.
fascinating about the kites, thank you.

15 Apr, 2012


Nice blog

15 Apr, 2012


Welcome Sticki and thank you Sheilar.....

15 Apr, 2012


Smashing blog Tommy, your pics are always a treat to see, the one of the red kite is very good, I noticed our one flying over in the last week so we'll soon be having fun and games as the crows kept chasing it off last year..
The sparrows and dunnocks were missing from our area for a great many years but made a comeback last year, they have increased in numbers now and have taken over part of the hawthorn hedge at the bottom of our gardens, they share with the blackbirds, collared doves and a pair of fat grey pigeons, lol, last year we had lots of golden finches, this year I`ve only seen a couple even though I'd provided niger seed and that was when it turned cold again, the tits have destroyed the pampas for their nests and of course our resident robin is always around somewhere being bossy as usual...

15 Apr, 2012

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