Birds in our garden January 2012

birds in the garden13.1.2012

Male blackbird they enjoy the apples  that we kept from the autumn

 

 

Long-tailed tit, blue tit and great tit
in the feeder

 

staring they should be called vultures.
Tits in the sunflower seeds

 

Female chaffinch

 

house sparrow

 

 

 

chaffinch

 

 

 

 

Male and female chaffinch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Male and female blackbirds

 

Female

 

 

 

The two females are always fighting over the apples even though there are plenty on the ground,

 

 

Magpies waiting their chance to get at the apples. they will only come down when I am not about.

 

 

chubby little blue tit

 

The acrobat

 

chaffinch

 

 

Blackbird  great  tit and chaffinch  the finch and tits eat the sunflower seeds the blackbird prefers the apples

 

Robin clearing up after the messy starlings  in the feeders

 

 

 

best photo of the Dunock so far.

 

 

Great tit in the feeder

 

two squirrels in the garden this morning  this one found a n acorn

 

this one prefers the sun flower seeds

 

Early birds

Blue tits are always on the feeders first light
Dunock
blue tit
Male blackbird Waiting for the crumbs
Robin in the early morning sun

birds in the front garden,

These two shots are on as they are the only ones I managed to get of the greenfinch,
the past two days have been so dismal   I have only managed to get shots through the front room window and that also makes the shots darker .
there was about 30 tits  on the feeders today I may try and get a video tomorrow
even the sparrows are venturing inside the cage to feed.
the chaffinch was real busy in the shrubs catching whatever grubs came its way,
there are four Dunocks in the front garden  they only feed from whatever the tits spill from the feeders the ground

Blackbird

Juvenile male blackbird

 

 

 

 

This is a female Blackbird  never seen one with white spots before. but then a few hundred yards down the path in the park i came across a male with a white spot.

A rare photo only seen him once in the garden  he is sure to come back when the weather gets colder .

Crested duck, mallard

Getting quite tame this crested duck,  The   Crested Duck is a breed descended from the mallard . It has its appearance because it is heterozygous  for a genetic mutation  causing a deformity of the skull. As a result, when a pair of crested ducks breed, the young sort out in the usual 1-2-1 ratio:-does this mean the duck is quackers:-

Yellow wagtail ( Motacillaflava )

Magpies

Magpie on the entrance wall to the police station wonder if its been stealing something shiny.

Grey squirrel and magpie forraging on the police station green.

A lone mushroom. these are one day only seems they grow at night by dusk they turn into a slime.

The autmn falls gathering in the severn river

Bleeding pine tree. see next shot

As a boy in woodwork class we would boil this what is sap from the cut in a pine tree. once boiled it was glue, this is still used today by hand crafted wood furniture makers

Masters of camoflague the only time they are spotted is when they fly over the river in search of a moving grub.

Not a bad shot considering how far it was

Nice markings on its back or rump view

these are juvenile yellow wagtails

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

Male blackbird.

Starlings gathering on the Poplar trees by St Mary's church.

Starlings in flight

starling arch

The Mallards elite meeting.

the common mallards meeting place

toadstool under the pine trees.

brew time for these canoeists. already they have done the five miles from Caersws, they said an average of 3 miles an hour and today they are hopeing to reach Welshpool some 14 miles down river.

These two guys are from the Chester area the guy waving is a Newtown man, his father still live here in Aberhafesp a vilage 4 miles out of town.

saw some very strange fun will post it tomorrow.

Making the best of a bad day


Got up at 7.00  felt like shite and went back to bed,   got up at 10.30 with the intention of having a day blogging.   the sun was in and out for a while  then the whole sky became sky blue with just a few clouds . thats it  I thought and packed my camera and off I went in search of fungi.

that load of mushrooms outside the gate had beed vandalized just leaving a few standing

ah well at least they will grow again

lets go find some more I thought as I headed out of town towards the Mochdre  end of town. Mochdre !strange name  that people would not translate into English.  Sloping Town or Pigs Town,  ie” mochyn is one pig, moch is pigs,  bae  is boar , hwch is sow, then there is the offspring moch/ mochyn bach,   little pig/s. any way I ended up on a walk to Mochdre hoping to find something as excotic as a Fly Agaric , thats the red and whie  spoted mushroom that everyone else has seen,  photographed and blogged . but i did get some nice shots of other things including mushrooms .

always around is the Robin singing its song not sure if it thinks my long lens is some kind of earth mover to look for worms,

here we are mid October and flowers are still coming out this cranesbill flowers they say, May to September

another species of field mallow that blooms May till September.


as you can see I really did look for the elusive Fly agaric.

Balwen welsh ewe. mamog cymraeg.

white ewe

black and white cows

white charolais calves

a field full of ewes

I even stopped to take a photo of a red ladybird on the way.

flies do not like flying in the rain

the shire stallion belongs to the powys agricultural college

fence post rotted from the inside.

just after i gave the horse a few strokes and told him he needed a haircut it started to rain again so took shelter for a few minutes then decided to head back.

Dolfor stream  is a bit more than a trickle after the showers we have had recently,

looking up to the 3 houses and the bridge and that in the pre 19 50s was Mochdre beyond the houses is the hamlet of Stepaside,

looking over the small bridge one of the 3 old houses as a nice collection of old colectables a hand rolling mangle a single furrow horse plough.

i took shelter from the rain under the trees thinking there may be some fungi amongst these old logs. no such luck so i decided to head back home then saw a walk sign along the mochdre brook. .

The grey wagtail flycatching on the mochdre stream.

and a closer shot.

the scenic shots will be onthis link  http://newtownpowys.wordpress.com/.

Whitethroat,Sylvia communis

Whitethroat,Sylvia communis another one that comes to the comunial feeder

Whitethroat,a bit windswept

blue tit on the peanut feeder

Great tit on the peanut feeder

another one with young somewhere

Coming to terms with diabetus.

Robin in song

Now what did I make all that noise for? cos all them blue birds are pinching the nuts.

the pair of Great Tits are on the monkey nuts. the other seven are Blue Tits

and if the word great tit is offensive you can say Parus major. then no one will have a clue what we are talking about

all nine birds are in this picture one is doing its acrobatic routine they love this new feeding station one of the b&b guests left six jam doughnuts. I made them into pieces the sparrows seem to like them.

As I said I had the flue and influensa jabs last Friday. my right arm where I had the influensa Jab feels like I have been in the boxing ring and had a right hook to the muscle. left arm is not so bad . I decided to go for a walk as I only went 300yards Friday to the surgery and back. and my legs stiffen up if I do not go for walks everyday I must go as my doctor says so. I also enjoy my walks as I always take my camera incase I see something I want to photograph. a few times I have been out on walks not feeling up to carrying the canon. total weight with lenses is about 20kilo. and as I have 3 slipped discs I should not carry any more than 10kilo Docs advice, but as long as I take it easy a stop in town for a tea or snack I am usually O,K. but today I got as far as the Dolfor park and started to go giddy. will explain as I go through todays photos,and even though I felt awfull I am pleased I carried on along the river. as I saw another bird I had not seen before and more fungi.,

as I was leaving the house I noticed this clematis out usually this is a spring/summer flower

Bugloss has been in flower since I came back from Egypt almost four months ago as ,some folks ask why did I come back from such a warm climate with all the health problems I had . first if I stayed in Egypt I would be six foot under or as it goes in arab countries 2 ft under, and put in the ground within 24 hours with no post mortem just a note FROM THE CORRUPT DOCTOR “the poor unfortunate man died from histoplasmosis” thats what the docter in Luxor diagnosed me with and for several months I was keeping his brother the pharmacist in money by byuing expensive pills.

I WAS IN A TERRIBLE STATE LOST ALMOST 3 STONE AND HAD A PROBLEM WALKING. ONCE I ARRIVED BACK HOME IN WALES I WENT TO SEE THE DOCTOR, FIRST I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A HERNIA BUT HAD TO WAIT 9 MONTHS TO SEE A SPECIALIST,AS I WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN WITH THIS HUGE LUMP POPPING OUT I HAD TO WALK ABOUT HOLDING MY GROIN STOP IT COMING OUT. SO I WENT PRIVATE , TO THE NUFFIELD HOSPITAL IN SHREWSBURRY TO SEE A SPECIALIST,, THAT WAS ON A MONDAY AND HE BOOKED ME IN FOR THE FRIDAY FOR THE OPP BUT HAD TO GO FOR BLOOD TEST ON THE THURSDAY, WHERE I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SUGAR DIABETUS, THE COUNT WAS 15 NORMAL ITS BETWEEN 4 AND 7.

GOT TO GET YOUR BLOOD NORMAL BEFORE WE CAN OPPERATE THEY SAID. SO IT WAS BACK TO MY DOCS FOR ADVICE AND PILS FOR SUGAR DIABETUS. GOT MY LEVELS LOW ENOUGH WITHIN THREE WEEKS. RABBIT FOOD NO FAT AND NO CHOLESTAROL, AS THAT WAS ALSO WAY HIGH,

IT TOOK A FEW WEEKS TO GET TO SOME KIND OF NORMALITY AFTER THE OPP IE BIRDING AND GETTING OUT FOR WALKS.

Sheathed woodtuft (kuehneromyces mutabilis)

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the other six fungi on this dead silver birch are the Birch (riptiporus betulinus )

there is seven fungi on this dead silver birch

lots of these fairy villages about this one is just outside my front gate some nice person has put his foot in it.

friday photo.

sunday the village has almost doubled in hight and size

another fairy village by the river

Southern bracket (ganoderma australe)

forming a new   tinder fungus (Fomes formentarius) growth.

grey wagtail(motacilla cinerea) female , my eyesight is playing up again (sugar diabetus) out of 12 shots these are the best.

just love the bark in autumn colours

strange fungi growing on this willow by the river Ii think its a very old tinder fungi, i hope some prat does not get to use his lighter on it. lots of things being set on fire by the vandals of Newtown like the next photo

not one bouy along the newtown section of the river severn has been left intact, this is the remains after a fire.set by the yobs of the town.

mausoleum has become another target of the mindless yobs

the problem with todays yobs they have no morals or respect of anything

In the body of the church stands a mausoleum erected over the tomb of the Pryce family in 1900.

read on St Mary’s church   here


Maybe they were after the old garden roller but just can not see the point of setting fire to the place.
the old oak door’s hinges are damaged as is the lock that was forced open.

the bark of the popular tree by St Mary's church

http://newtownpowys.wordpress.com/category/st-david%E2%80%99s-church/

acorn collection service

a large daddy long legs

sunset casting its light on the false Acasia tree in the front garden, this is the tree the birds use before venturing to the feeder.

blue tit on the feeder

female chaffinch fringilla coelebs, in the acasia tree



This years cutting of the Datura trumpet flower tree. not had one flower the same year as cutting before

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