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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 22 Apr 2017

A few frames on, the bird is in mid-leap with an unusually good view of the claws

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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 22 Apr 2017

Finally she made for a hole in the hedge back through into our patch, and 'vanished'.

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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2017 at 09:26    Image of day on 14 Jun 2017

This female Blackbird regularly feeds on an overgrown gravel path outside the study patio doors. But here she is clearing some of last years dead grass, undoubtedly to make the nest a bit more comfortable.

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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2017 at 06:36    Image of day on 23 May 2017

A female Blackbird collecting material for her nest.

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2017 at 14:42    Image of day on 31 Jul 2017

A female Blackbird decorating, or being decorated by, Buttercups and Clover.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 07:34    Image of day on 12 May 2011

... hidden in Ivy high on a South facing wall.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 07:32    Image of day on 12 May 2011

Female Blackbird quite near her nest with a beakful of dry detritus for the nest ...

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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2011 at 11:38    Image of day on 29 Apr 2011

Somewhere behind the leaves is a female blackbird. We have found the nest in some trellis on a wall overgrown with ivy, but we won't be trying to get any close-up photos of the nest because we couldn't do it without disturbance.

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Image Taken on 07 May 2014 at 20:45    Image of day on 26 Jun 2014

There are several juvenile Blackbirds about - this female seems to have decided it is time for a second brood!

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Image Taken on 29 Mar 2019 at 09:35    Image of day on 28 Apr 2019

A Female Blackbird loads up on nest building material.

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Image Taken on 03 Apr 2018 at 13:08    Image of day on 09 May 2018

One of thousands of Blackthorn flowers starting to emerge in patches in the hundreds of metres of our hedges around us.

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Image Taken on 12 Jun 2006 at 10:11    Image of day on 27 Jun 2006

This cultivated Iris shows the flower's intricacy even more than the wild Yellow Flag Iris.

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Image Taken on 04 Jan 2017 at 15:11    Image of day on 09 Feb 2017

A Blue Tit pausing in it's 'attack' on the just opening Pussy Willow buds. The desiccated leaves make some interesting shapes.

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Image Taken on 05 Jan 2017 at 10:03    Image of day on 13 Feb 2017

The various Tits are still doing their best to strip the Willow trees of buds. Here the buds are not yet ready for destruction by this Blue Tit!

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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 15:08    Image of day on 17 Jul 2014

Saturday saw the first Damselflies appear. We haven't seen one of these Blue-tail Damselflies for several years, and that time it was a male.

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Image Taken on 25 Apr 2007 at 11:12    Image of day on 28 Apr 2007

Our first planting of (hopefully mostly) natural English bluebells are at last beginning to form a swathe in a stand of sycamores.

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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2016 at 09:16    Image of day on 22 May 2016

A lovely patch of (we hope) genuine English Bluebells pop up each year in an ancient ditch.
Bluebells are notoriously bright in Ultra-Violet (UV) light and always look too pink in photographs. We have done our best here to correct the colours.
For a view in the UV spectrum start at for the highlights which include plants and insects. None of the insects are harmed - see the technical notes attached to the section.

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Image Taken on 30 Jan 2008 at 10:07    Image of day on 26 Feb 2008

What are Tits eating up there in the birches? Answer - the unopened catkins. One foot is holding an unopened catkin while the beak tip attacks the hard surface.

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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2013 at 09:54    Image of day on 21 Jul 2013

The Bluetits spend quite a while some days looking for insects on the vegetation around the main pond to take back to the nestlings. The Flag Iris is flowering for its few days extravaganza, and encourages the tits out where we can photograph them.

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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2010 at 08:10    Image of day on 25 May 2010

The tits, chaffinches and goldfinches are making merry with the buds and flowers. Here a Bluetit is feeding from the front of a cherry flower with a yellow pollen stain on the feathers to prove it.
We are also finding the bitten off flowers previous seen as a result of Great tit activity. Do we have something interesting here - Bluetits feed in the top of the flowers and Great tits bite off the undeveloped fruit base?
For the great tit images see images for 21 May 2008.

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