What fun this young Woodpecker family was to watch from the observation window at the Visitor Centre of SWT Loch of the Lowes. They stayed a while as Mum pecked out peanuts from a feeder, ground them down in the crack of a tree branch and fed her newly fledged chicks. Interestingly she was seen feeding only one chick at a time and the others waited their turn.
The Time has just flown by since the capture of the video and photos below back on June 7th. I expect that by now those newly fledged Great Spotted Woodpecker chicks are fending for themselves. I might guess that they are sticking together like other fledglings do too.
This Woodpecker family stayed a while at the feeders allowing me the opportunity to capture both photos and video which was a nice treat. I don’t see woodpeckers in my garden (no old mature trees) so this was the first time I had seen woodpecker young and I couldn’t believe how mature and pretty they looked.
For those with a bit more time to blog browse you can see some snippets of the action in my video below. It begins with one of the young on a branch failing to keep Mum’s attention and ends with a Great tit pair watching how the Great Spotted Woodpecker Mum manages to get Peanuts out from the bottom of a feeder. When her back was turned they tried this too. Note you can select the HD quality to view and there is background music with this video. I had fun choosing it :-)
Meanwhile back in my garden, seeing the birds on the ground from my window is a tad tricky. With the rainfall we have had the foliage in my border is lush and full. I placed a birdbath pedestal deliberately in a planting of low grasses in the hope of catching some nice bird photos. Yay it worked!
Blackbird juveniles are the ones that have been entertaining me in my garden recently. New ones seem to appear every other day. By the way the parents are still going away with beakfuls of sunflower heart seeds there will be more to come too.
Gosh, I can’t believe it is the 15th of the month already and time to post what flowers and in Bloom just now. We’ve had a fair bit of rain and working and getting photos in the garden has been tricky. I got some pretty ones the other week but haven’t had time to post them but the images below say it all.
Yay… it’s dry and breezy this morning so instead of sorting and collecting photos for GBBD my pond build and grass turf is calling me more. So for the today I’ll give a list. I am liking the way some of my borders are taking shape just now and plan some border posts where all the blooms will be seen in place for my own records too.
To see many sumptuous images of what’s blooming around the world today head over the Carol’s at May Dreams Gardens and follow the links. It’s fun to see all the gardens and to take part. It’s a great way to meet other garden bloggers too :-)
Today, 15th July 2012, in flower in my back garden are:
Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'; Heucheras, many around borders; Spotted leaf orchid; Astrantias new ones dark red and white (I’ll come back with names when I find the labels); Clematis’Niaobe’; The clematis above, Rouge Cardinal; Wisteria sinensis 'Alba' (still a few ones hanging around as this was late to flower); White Campanula bells (another I’ll come back to with name); Saxifrage ‘London Pride’ (a few flowering stems remain); Alliums a few (I’ll come back with names); Cranesbill Geraniums: Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ (a few flowers left on divided plant); Thyme; Red Campion and last hellobore flowers going over. Oh yes and the perennial wallflower ‘ Erysimum 'Bowles' Mauve'. Think that’s it. I have lots of foliage in my back garden.
Flowering in my sunnier front garden is a sumptuous deep dark velvet red Rhododendron ‘didymium’ that can be seen below. This photo was taken back on the 7th of July and the flowers are still there pretty much like this but dry today. I’m enjoying the changing colour pallet in my front garden very much.
The front garden list reads as: ‘ Erysimum 'Bowles' Mauve' again; Alliums (smaller pink ones that I must get the name of as they are spreading well); Heucheras; Penstemon Raven; Rose 'Cardinal de Richelieu'; Clematis ‘Picardy’; Osteospermum ‘stardust’; Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’; Pink Cranesbill Geraniums; Allium ‘Purple Sensation’; Nepata ‘Walkers Low’; Stipa gigantea; Red Campion and waiting for the sun a deep red day lily. Think that’s it there too. Plan to take some border shots here soon once a few more flowers come out.
Happy GBBD to all taking part! Happy gardening, bird and wildlife watching to all :-D
This post was written by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in July 2012.