Friday, June 18, 2010

Spring/Summer Animal Watch

Not only do I keep pen and paper near me or on me for when some writing ideas come up, but this time of year there is a lot going on in the garden, so my camera is never far away either.

When I wake up in the morning I often hear how young birds are calling for more food, now! They congregate by the feeders under our bedroom window. Since we are in mid June now, all fledglings have left their nests and ventured out into the big unknown, and it is fascinating and rather sweet to see how some of them are still trying to understand how to get to the food. They can see others eating from the feeders and those fatty balls full of yummy seeds.

This young greenfinch could not figure out how to approach and land safely to get some food, but ended up on the ground looking slightly bewildered.

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This juvenile great tit is getting some help though.

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Not only birds are hungry but also this female squirrel is in need of replenishing her energy levels. She is pretty agile and acrobatic!

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When the great spotted woodpeckers fly in, the crowd of smaller birds disperse in a flash, and you cannot avoid hearing the young ones calling for food. In these pictures a male adult is feeding a young one.

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Since I started supplying water I have also realised that birds do not only have a bath every now and then, but most of all how often they need to drink, and it is not only birds who come to drink. I have many times seen birds repeatedly visiting the water bowls between sessions on the feeder perch. When everyone else has gone to bed the hedgehogs appear.

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No wonder I always keep both camera and tripod close at hand. Like yesterday when a jay turned up all of a sudden. I have never before seen one in the garden, only in the woods.

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Expats Again said...

You are so blessed to have so many visitors to your garden. I miss my garden in the U.S., but I have to say, although we live in an apartment, we are by a pond and the Nymphenburger Canal, so there is plenty of wildlife--just not so near.

Zuzana said...

LOVE all your images, they are a feast for the eye. Look at all those cute critters, my oh my.;) These photos are of professional quality suitable to be published in a book.;)

swenglishexpat said...

Expats Again - Lucky yes, but I have to keep feeding them otherwise they disappear! ;-)

Zuzana - Thank you. Book, now there's an idea!