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Plants Page 5
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.
Ref: 20190428_df3_20190329_0935_093 blackbird on pollarded willow with beakful of nesting(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20180509_df3_20180403_1308_132 blackthorn single opening flower(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20060627_p32_20060612_1011_606 blue iris flower(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20170209_df3_20170104_1511_043 blue tit feeding on opening willow buds (pussy willow)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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!
Ref: 20170213_df3_20170105_1003_007 blue tit inspecting willow buds(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Mar 2020
at 12:45 Image of day on 13 Apr 2020
This Blue Tit's plumage almost glows.
Note the yellow staining of the white feathers at the base of the beak from feasting on Willow Catkins.
Ref: 20200413_e63_20200330_1245_101_fb1 blue tit with catkin pollen yellow-stained feathers around beak(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20140717_da1_20140518_1508_290+1616_349_ft1 blue-tailed damselfly female and pond grass (montage 2)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
Ref: 20070428_p34_20070425_1112_903 bluebell dell seq (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 25 Apr 2020
at 12:49 Image of day on 15 May 2020
Next day its the turn of a what looks like the classic British Bluebell in
the 'normal' coloured Blue, and a Pink variety.
Ref: 20200515_df3_20200425_1249_123 bluebell flowers(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 24 Apr 2020
at 12:46 Image of day on 15 May 2020
A White Bluebell spike. This robust plant looks like a cultivar or hybrid.
Ref: 20200515_df3_20200424_1246_041 bluebell white(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20160522_df3_20160417_0916_083 bluebells in ditch to west of access track (crop with colour correction)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
Ref: 20080226_d01_20080130_1007_036 bluetit eating silver birch unopened catkin (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20130721_dc1_20130607_0954_012-14 bluetit exploring yellow flag iris flower for insects & flying off 2-4 of 4 (horiz spread montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20100525_df1_20100421_0810_062+064 bluetit feeding on cherry flower (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 17 Feb 2015
at 15:50 Image of day on 01 Apr 2015
The Willow trees provide a feast of protein in the form of pussy willow that
the Bluetits really know how to 'harvest'. The birds pluck out a piece of the
down, bite off the nutritious end to eat, and discard the 'fluff' as you see
just to the left of the head in the rightmost image.
Below the bird are the wrecked sites of earlier feedings.
Ref: 20150401_df2_20150217_1550_240+242+244 bluetit feeding on pussy willows 1+3+5 of 5 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 01 Feb 2012
at 12:31 Image of day on 01 Mar 2012
Bluetits particularly enjoy eating Silver birch catkins. The
final (rightmost) image includes a tiny morsel in the tip of the beak.
Ref: 20120301_df1_20120201_1231_036+1232_090+12_33_122 bluetit feeding on silver birch catkins 1+4 +6 of 6 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 19 Dec 2013
at 10:48 Image of day on 04 Feb 2014
One of many Bluetits eating the buds from one of two Viburnum
Birkwoodii at the back of the pond that flower in December and
brighten an otherwise dull time of year. Of course the birds
eating the buds is itself attractive, but it does reduce the
Ref: 20140204_a77_20131219_1048_018+019 bluetit feeding on viburnum buds & flying off 2+3 of 3 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 01 Jun 2016
at 15:01 Image of day on 09 Jul 2016
A Bluetit skimming over the sodden grass and buttercups.
The bright colours suggest that this is a male.
Ref: 20160709_e62_20160601_1501_097_fb5 bluetit flying over grass and buttercups (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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