Animals

Odds and ends from the garden and Southlake

The garden pond is brimming with water after all the recent rain and is looking nice and clear. The Sparrows are still after the peanut butter even when there is plenty of other food out for them.. I had another visit from the Red Admiral butterfly which was nice. Red Kites are never absent from the skies, sometimes soaring...
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Birds

Recent local outings

I have been on a couple of little walks recently although we are now back to wind and rain, including thunderstorms.  A quick walk around Fobney Lock was very quiet but I did watch a pair of Kestrels chasing each other and a Green Woodpecker took off from the path right in front of me. No great photos but...
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Short walk at Southlake and in the garden

Not much walking recently due to various ailments but hopefully will get out again more soon.  Everywhere is surprisingly quiet though so I don’t think I’ve missed much.  Southlake has the usual ducks, geese, cormorants and gulls but the fishermen are also out a lot at the moment so they are quite scattered. This Grey Heron was lurking near...
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Short Garden update

I am a bit annoyed with the cat (or cats) at the moment as not only have I found piles of bird feathers but now piles of something even less pleasant……. This morning one of the big frogs was leaping frantically about in the pond turning the water to mud and I heard a cat disappear over the fence...
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Dastardly deeds in the garden

A cat got into the garden, knocking several things over and managed to catch a bird, leaving trails of tiny feathers everywhere.  There are lots of cats near me and sadly many of them seem far too interested in birdwatching!  My new starling-proof feeders are working very well and I haven’t wasted any seed since I bought them.  This...
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In the garden and pond

All of the tadpoles seem to have gone from the pond so there must be lots of little frogs around.  I have seen two or three at the same time but they are really tiny and hard to keep track of. At least two of the original big frogs are in the pond most days and there are also...
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More pond and garden activity

The pond is doing really well and there are only a few tadpoles left that aren’t well on the way to becoming frogs. They are still eating pondsticks but not as many and I keep seeing tiny frogs hiding in and around the pond. I now have two miniature yellow water lilies, having had lots of leaves for ages....
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Surrounded by birds in the garden

I have been catching up on my gardening the last couple of days and have been surrounded by baby sparrows, blackbirds, robins and starlings.  I haven’t seen as many Blue Tits as usual, just the occasional one on the feeders but I have now got a couple of Goldfinch coming in more often than usual and one was drinking...
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Garden Pond

Spot the Difference

I glanced out of the kitchen window while washing up and dashed out with my camera in time for one shot. Definitely one of the original frogs we had and it came out of the pond and went under the plants in the garden.  Not sure what the current batch think of such a giant….. And there seemed to...
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Hive of Activity in the Garden

The garden is very busy at the moment and there are lots of young birds.  The tadpoles – well, they are still tadpoles!  I did have a surprise when watering the garden one evening – I found myself accidentally watering a large frog…. Must be one of the originals, definitely too big for a new one. There is a...
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Garden Pond

A few Tadpoles…….

I have still only seen one tiny frog and two nearly-frogs although many of the tadpoles seem to have legs and are changing shape and colour.  I’ve been putting some small pieces of bread in the pond to try and fatten them up a bit and they are fascinating to watch. One enterprising tadpole even sat on top of...
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Garden Snippets and Everlasting Tadpoles

There is lots of activity in the garden – birds, butterflies, insects etc.  We have even had two short downpours so we have finally got some more spare water in the butts for when the pond needs topping up as rainwater is best. I’ll start with the everlasting tadpoles which seem very reluctant to turn into frogs…. As they...
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