Took this photo of the sycamore in our garden and the leaves appear to be changing already. As coincidence would have it the BBC Autumnwatch website ran an article about tree colours changing this afternoon. I must of been right, thought I was going mad!
What a great week for Astronomy! The Perseid shower reached it’s peak, unfortunately it was cloudy for most of it, but we did get the last day and some great views. The ISS has made several passes and tonight I finally got some good shots. The cloud formations we have had with the weather have also been amazing.
Tonight’s ISS Pass – 21/08/11
ISS Pass 19/08/11 – Unfortunately quite cloudy but it is quite dramatic
Perseid – 14/08/11
Cloudy Night at the Peak of the Perseid Showers – No chance of seeing them
The Clouds gave some great views, got this shot of a rainbow on the edge of a cloud
Got this shot of a Herring Gull the other day. When I looked at the photo I noticed it has a Colour Ring on it’s leg. It reads – BBV. I have sent the details to the BTO and should hear back where it came from. Can’t wait to find out.
I’ve had a bad time recently with hospital tests that have knocked me out, although I do now have a photo of the inside of my stomach! Not sure it’s for the blog though 🙂 Now it’s time to get back to blogging.
The garden has been quite busy over the last couple of weeks even though the weather has been rubbish.
More butterflies have started to appear. Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Small Tort, Large and Small Whites, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown.
Bird numbers and species are down but that is normal for this time of year although 4 Siskins and 5 Goldfinnches have stuck with us. The Coal Tit has returned and is looking new after it’s moult and we now have 2 Chaffinches back. Swifts have disappeared, last saw one on 1 August, but Swallows and House Martins are still regular. There are also 2 buzzards regularly hunting the area too.
I think that’s everything caught up with now, let’s get to it properly.
I took the sunflower heart feeders in for a good clean today (hygiene is very important, especially as greenfinches have all but disappeared from our garden in the last 2 years). The siskins and goldfinches sat on the feeder stand impatiently waiting for them to be refilled and put back out.
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I took the feeders in for a good clean today, the birds were very impatient waiting for them to come back #138/365
Three fledgling golfinches were being fed outside the kitchen window. I had to shoot through glass but the results aren’t too bad.
In this one you can see the sunflower hearts passing
It begged for more
You can see the goldfinch bringing up more food
You can the food in the throat of the adult in this shot
Then the fledgling was sleepy
The stuff I ordered from ArkWildlife came this week so I’ve started on the insect house we’ve been planning, although I think it is going to be a bigger project than originally planned. I’m going to fill up the whole space shown with stuff for bugs!
The bottom has a bumblebee nest box. Hope it works. It does look cute though!