How about a little less chat and some action instead for this month’s blooms? Or… do you fancy seeing my baby photos first? Decisions, decisions… so many garden stories…. have you time for a cuppa? Go on… this one’s an easy read.
Okay… are you sitting comfortably? Let’s begin with one of the volunteers that help keep my garden in shape for my Garden Bloom Day postings at this time of year… the Hedgehog.
This little guy and his friends enjoy feasting on slugs and snails… so very welcome visitors are they! I encourage them to return by offering water and extra food sources like sunflower hearts, crushed and whole peanuts (not salted), dried mixed fruit and sultanas. It’s a fair exchange don’t you think?
So many birds are visiting with their young at the moment too. Babies… are all around! Blackbirds, Starlings and House sparrows have brought their newly fledged young to the feeders. I can barely keep up with the demand on sunflower hearts!
Last night (after 9pm) I was delighted to spot a newly fledged goldfinch too… easy to spot any newbies as they peck at the plants until a parent pops over to feed them. Perhaps I’ll get baby photos of goldinches one night. I hope so.
Ah… I wonder if you recognise the cute and fluffy baby in the photos above taken yesterday? This is a young blue tit that perhaps fledged a little on the young side. It left the nestbox almost a week ago.
Yep… I did say nestbox! I am 99.9% certain that these two juvenile Blue tits above came from our Arch Nestbox. I had been hearing chirping from this nestbox when feeding the guinea pigs in the hutch below. I had also noticed this noise increase as Mum arrived and left!
The chirping pitch had also changed to suggest the birds were getting bigger and that there were less of them than at the start. I had no camera in that box to know how many hatched or how many fledged.
Last week, as I was standing at the kitchen sink filling up water bottles for our guinea pigs, at around 9.30pm, I spotted a head peak out of the entrance hole to our Arch Nestbox. The female had been feeding her young. Initially I thought nothing of it until I saw it happen again and again.
I have never seen a bird fledge from a nestbox except on television. I became pretty sure what was happening in front of me. My hands were wet and no cameras were at hand anyway.
The bird finally came out of the box and landed on the top of the Arch just below. I went outside to get a closer look. It flew across towards my hedge and landed on the roof of the bird table. It didn’t wait long and off it flew to one of my neighbours larger trees and I didn’t see it again.
On Sunday, I thought I spotted one or more blue tit juveniles in the garden. The parent (Mum I believe) was seen feeding them. Was this our young birds returning? I have no idea if the bird I watched fledge is in the photos above or below. However, I am pretty sure that this female was the one from our nestbox and she was still feeding her young.
I’m sure you’ll agree that the young do look quite small and vulnerable but that does seem to be how many are when they fledge. I walked to within a few feet of one of them. So, for the moment they have no sense of threat… not that I intended them any harm. Here’s hoping they will get bigger and stronger… it doesn’t take long. Then they just have to get gardenwise now!
Okay… time for the monthly celebration of flowers in the garden… with a few foliage shots too. I’ve joined Carol and many others with a June Bloom posting. Let’s start with my front garden… not baked with the sun this time. It was raining here yesterday… of course its sunny today :-)
Through the garden gate... and the mood of my partially shaded back garden cools you down on warm day but warms you up on a cool and wet day as the foliage covers it like a blanket. This is the area to the side of my house and this video has a finale with my now blooming wisteria...
Through windows... I look out on to the back of my back garden, a narrow but long strip. It is here that I watch the birds at the feeders, the bees buzz around my plants on a sunny day and visits by hedgehogs and bats as the day ends. This videos ends with a special home for wildlife… the hedgehog house my daughter made finally sited in my garden yesterday...
My plan was to end this posting with a few teasing words about more hedgehog stories to come…. which there are! However the tease is on me now as looking out my window I can see a rose (shown in bud in my third video) starting to open! I am thrilled about this as it didn’t flower for me last year (in its first year)
So above, here we finish this posting with a wonderfully scented bloom of the moment, Rose Mdm Alfred Carriere, flowering fashionable late for Bloom Day. That's lucky too as I am posting a day late too (as often the case) making my posting the 141st! Wishing all particiapants a belated Happy Bloom Day :-)
Wishing everyone else, time to enjoy the flowers/blooms in your garden this week. Happy gardening, Happy Bird watching and Happy Widlife watching too!!
All videos shown above were taken in my garden on June 15th 2009. All photos above have been taken above during the last week.