Thursday, 2 February 2012

News from the garden.

All the photos below were taken on the same morning through my conservatory window.

Frosty wndow. It was minus 5c!

A close-up. Zoom in, it looks great! The butterfly is supposed to deter bird strikes...it doesn't!

This scruffy Robin has been a regular since the cold snap started.

Male Blackbird and Goldfinch.

This male Sparrowhawk made an unsuccessful raid!. Zoom in, he's a beauty.

Our tame female Blackbird. Her male partner is tamer, but he'd had his feed and cleared off.

It doesn't seem to let you zoom in, which is unfortunate.

10 comments:

Bol said...

Lovely photos John. I can open them large enough to see the Raptor but can't zoom in beyond that.
Are you sure it's a sparrowhawk? It's back looks grey enough to be a Kestrel in this photo. Whatever it is, keep 'em coming.
You certainly feed them well in your garden!

john.g. said...

Bol, it's the male Sparrowhawk. The female is brown and about a third bigger.

Mr Rob said...

Most raptors of this size have dark eyes with the exception of the sparrowhawk which has yellow eyes turning to orange as it get older.

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Pat said...

I'm in love with the scruffy robin.

john.g. said...

Mum2, he's in every day!

Bol said...

Thanks for the reply John. I thought I might need to view it on a bigger screen to see it better. Now Mr Rob, please tell me you can't tell what colour eyes it has from this photo or I'm going to have to buy an even bigger screen! :)

Mr Rob said...

If you save the picture as a JPEG and zoom in you can see the iris is clearly yellow/orange

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

So Very Sweet, John....I wonder where they go during the Big Heavy Snow? You have some very dear Visitors in your garden---THANKS, So Much for the 'heads up'. I Do LOVE seeing the Birdies....!

john.g. said...

Naomi, you are welcome!