Sunday, April 23, 2017

Common Redstart


When I was staring a bit out of my window,
I was suddenly on the alert by a very unusual bird.
He has a beautiful reddish-brown breast and a quickly moving, shivering reddish tail!
An amazing bird, white forehead, black around his face and throat, greyish feathers.

A common redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, or gekraagde roodstaart.
At first, I thought I had never seen such a bird, but then I remembered years ago, I had one in my garden, back in 2010 (male), 2010 (female) and 2011, and even 2012.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Flapp 16

(continuing story Flapp)

Rabbit immediately started to jump up and down, to make his ears dancing
and flapping as much as he could.
Flapp stared at him with grand eyes.

When he got tired he said; 'Lets meet again tomorrow, same time, same place.'
'Yep! said Flapp. that's okay.'

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Flapp 15

(continuing story Flapp)

They looked at each other with stunning eyes and started to laugh out loud, while they also replaced the other ears.
'Look at you!' said Rabbit, as he jumped up to make a dance...'my ears on you! Haha hihi!'
and Flapp said 'hahahaha hihi, Look at you, with my dancing ears!'
So funny that... hahaha ha hihi'...he tried to say more, but could not come out of his words because he had to laugh so out of control, that he almost lost his balance.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Flapp 14

(continuing story Flapp)

You want my ears?
I cannot believe my ears'  Flapp said astonished.
Shall we change ears?
You have mine and I have yours , just for fun, for one day!' said Rabbit.
'Oh that is a great plan!' replied Flapp.
'Getting rid of these dangling, dancing ears, even for a day would be great!'

So Rabbit took off his right ear and gave it to Flapp,
who on his turn took off his right ear to give it to Rabbit.

It looked weird, very weird...both having two different ears!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Flapp 13

(continuing story Flapp)

Meanwhile Rabbit took a closer look at Flapp's ears and said admiringly:
'How on earth do you loosen up your ears so easily', they are so very playful and full of joy!

Flapp said grumpy;' I can not help it at all, that they are so loose and flappy
I try everything to make them straight and stiff, like yours, but they won't.
I hate my ears.
My ears never sit still, always wanne jump up and down...to the left and right...
sick and tired of it! I wish I had your ears,' he added.

Rabbit answered; You have beautiful ears, they always seem to dance, and I love dancing!
I would love to have yours! 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Flapp 12

(continuing story Flapp)

How do you do that, putting your ears up so straight? asked Flapp
while took a closer inspection of Rabbits ears.
Do you use pins, to set them up so straight?
Or do you use a special ear-stiffener so they sit up?

Rabbit answered; 'No, I do nothing...they are made that way to sit up straight.'

Monday, April 10, 2017

Flapp 11

(continuing story Flapp)

I was just thinking of you, said Flapp.
I am trying to get my ears straight and they won't do what I want.
To be honest, I always wanted to have ears like yours,
Yours are always so neat and straight, instead of so flip-floppy like mine.
I am so fed up with it, he added with a deep sigh.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Friday, April 07, 2017

Fluff in the nest



 






Today I brushed Fluffy and put his hair out in the wisteria for the birds.
It was't long that the blue-tits discovered the special treat.
Great to see, how they managed to get the Fluff in.



Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Flapp 10

(continuing story Flapp)

Very disappointed and grumpy Flapp sat down on a bench at the side of the river, to dry his soaked ears.
He felt lost and pondered what to do now.

Flapp heard someone coming.
As he looked up, it was his friend Rabbit.
'Hi Flapp! good to see you', said Rabbit.
'Hi Rabbit', said Flapp.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Flapp 9

(continuing story Flapp)

'Bad, bad idea!
Why am I always so rashly?' he muttered.
'Its me again, always so very stupid!'

He rushed to a nearby river, to wash out his ears immediately.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Flapp 8

(continuing story Flapp)

The next day when Flapp awoke, he said; Ive got it!
Starch!, yes! starch that's it!
He jumped out of his bed, and started to prepare a kind of thick paste.
and smeared it all over his ears.

Meanwhile pondering in his heart how he longed to have ears like Rabbit.
Rabbits ears were always sitting straight up, decently and in order
and he always looked so very dignified.

When his ears were dry, they were as stiff and straight as Rabbits ears.
I have Rabbit-ears now! He said exited.
But... after a while his ears became cracky and he hardly could move them.
It started to hurt if he tried to twich them.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nuthatch building



The nuthatch has made great progress in the construction work in the front door.
He has made the entrance a bit smaller, which may prevent intruders to come inside.
However I don't know exactly why they are doing this.
It is an enormous work...flying to and fro to get the mud from the wood...
It takes a lot of patience and endurance.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blue-tits making a nest






The blue-tits have been very busy.
A nest is build right close to my window, so that I have a perfect view on the building progress.
Its nice to see how they use different building materials.
Every time they first perch in the wisteria, and then fly into the nestbox.
By doing so, I can see all the materials they bring in.

The last thing they brought in today were feathers.
So I think the building of the nest is almost done.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Flapp 7

(continuing story Flapp)

The next day, Flapp said angrily: 'Enough is enough!
Now I am the Boss'.
He took a piece of string and fixed his ears together,
so that they were unable to move and would nicely sit up.
The bad part was that after a while his ears hurt terribly, sitting up so straight and tight.
So he finally unknotted his ears again.