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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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 floral display!

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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.

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