Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Brambles, 19 - 25 January 2015

Hello :) My latest log book page is much the same as last week and I am really looking forward to when the garden is in flower again :)

It was Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend and I forgot, even though my friend Gill reminded me last week! However, as luck would have it my parents and I spent a good part of the afternoon watching all the birds in the garden, so I have enough information in order to enter my data :)

Thursday night I was woken up at 2am by a frightful noise. It took me a while to realise that it was an animal making it, at first I thought it was a person. It was certainly in distress and I think was passing down the road. Whatever it was had disappeared by the time I'd fully woken up. I hope it was okay. I spent some time on the internet trying to identify what it was the next day. I think it might have been a badger. I just hope it wasn't hit by a car or anything like that :(

Otherwise things are as usual. Mr Black is on full time garden watch! And he is having difficulty in keeping up with all the other visitors!!! The romance between the two robins in blossoming :) And the garden is busy for little birds as well as pigeons and "The Mob"!

That is all for this week, I'll be back next week with my latest news, bye for now, Natasha :)

P.S. The lovely kits by DigiFiddle Designs used to create this log book are: Mistletoe and Wine, Fragrant Memory, Dear Diary and Pot Pourri.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Brambles, 12 - 18 January 2015

Hello, here we are again at the end of the weekend and time to catch on with the "goings on" at The Brambles.

The azalea is still flowering beautifully. The photo on the log notes is one that I took of it a while ago and added a vintage effect to in Snapseed.

Things are defiantly getting territorial in the garden. Mr Black is on constant alert and honestly spends more time seeing off the other blackbirds and the song thrushes. I'm going to have to start calling him Mr Silver soon too, as he has a few silver patches appearing!

Saturday I spotted a bit of a "to do" going on between two song thrushes. They were flying up at each other and dancing around each other too. It is actually fascinating to watch this behaviour, which I've not seen often. Finally one decided that they weren't up to it and left. Maybe back again another day to "fight" for the territory. Two male blackbirds were watching it all too from one of the trees. A couple of weeks ago at Napier Gardens I saw two female blackbirds also getting territorial. One finally gave up there as well.

The squirrels have managed to break into the newest of the nut feeders but it's taken them longer than usual, although I'm guessing I'll need to be getting a replacement soon!

All the birds are so hungry, the sunflower seed feeders are finished by lunchtime, but there are still plenty of nuts and fat block left for them to snack on. I don't think they realise what expensive tastes they have and they have to wait until the next day for more sunflower seeds!

And I think that is all the news for this week. I'll be back next week with my latest update, bye for now, Natasha.

P.S. The lovely kits by DigiFiddle Designs used to create this log book are: Mistletoe and Wine, Fragrant Memory, Dear Diary and Pot Pourri.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Brambles, 5 - 11 January 2015

Hi, I can't believe that it is time again for my latest post about The Brambles!

Today there was a quick visit from some long tailed tits. They never hang around long, so you have to be looking out of the window at just the right time to catch them!

The very "friendly" Mrs Blackbird has been around lots this week. She does like to sit on the fence opposite the kitchen window by the sink. I often look up to see her there when I am doing the washing up!

The squirrels are still burying pine cones and the one I saw today was having to put in quite a lot of effort, probably due to the roots of the conifer that it was burying underneath! 

And of course Mr Black has been having a tough time defending "his" patch!

The lovely kits by DigiFiddle Designs used to create this log book are: Mistletoe and Wine, Fragrant Memory, Dear Diary and Pot Pourri.

That is all for this week, Natasha.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Brambles, 29 December 2014 - 4 January 2015

Hello and welcome to my first Brambles log of 2015. I've a new log book layout for January created with a mix of beautiful kits by DigiFiddle Designs. Read on to find out what has been going on this week in the garden!

Yesterday I was just going to start washing up the breakfast things before going out to feed the birds, but when I looked out the window I saw Mrs Blackbird sitting on the fence looking right at me. She had that look of, couldn't you just feed us first on her face. Now normally the birds do get fed before I do anything else in the morning but... Anyway I abandoned the washing up and headed out. She was then sat on the gate waiting for me to put the food down and made a start as soon as I walked away!

I've been putting a little extra out, away from where the "Real Mr Black" tends to hang out. He is very territorial now and some of the other blackbirds and the song thrush have to make the most of quick opportunities to nip in when he's off chasing one of the others away, and that really is a full time job now!

There appears to be romance in the air for the robins! Two are very friendly with each other, i.e. they aren't chasing each other away! There has been another one around and that is chased out of the garden every time. Also is it might be romance for the squirrels too. There were two in the front garden this morning about a foot apart, each digging up the lawn! Now usually that isn't the done thing. It's one or none! I am thinking that spring is not only early for the flowers but for the birds and wildlife too.

The tulips I fear are not going to make it. The pot is now so dug up that I don't think the bulbs have a chance, if there are any still left in there! I've not seen a squirrel yet reburying any, but there is still time. I've seen them with a lot of pine cones recently though.

There are still a few appearances from a starling or two, which is nice. I hope they decided to stay :)

And that is all the exciting goings on this week. I'll be back next week, with the next installment, until then, bye bye, Natasha.

The lovely kits by DigiFiddle Designs used to create this log book are: Mistletoe and Wine, Fragrant Memory, Dear Diary and Pot Pourri.