Monday, April 30, 2012

continuing building

view of the female right 

and left side.

The flycatchers are doing well.
They continued nest building... all kind of leaves and little branches are stored inside.
The female brings in the belongings, while he keeps an eye on her.
So now and then he goes inside the birdhouse, to see if everything is placed on the right place.
Later she went to the birdbath for a good splash...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

It worked!

I was just thinking, reasoning and arguing with myself...being not so sentimental...
these thing happen...sometimes these birds don't find a mate, 
because the female flycatcher, also coming all the way from Africa, 
always arrives one or two weeks later.
Maybe she has had an accident on the way... or maybe there are fewer females or more males...

Then...when I looked outside how the flycatcher is doing...
I saw Her!

It Worked!
She arrived...I could hardly believe my eyes....
Thank you for sending her!
The female flycatcher arrived!!!!!

She sat near the nest box...I knew for sure it was her. notice the difference:
she is more brown, 
and her white stripes on the wings are smaller.

Flycatcher male, more dark, and bigger white stripes on the wings.

They seemed to like each other!

She inspected the birdhouse number 2, one of the houses he had chosen for her.

She inspected the house several times....flying in and out...away...coming back...going in and out again...
and repeated this for a while.

Then to my surprise, she immediately started to collect some housekeeping materials

and pulling the things inside.

He checked if everything was going fine and see if any help was needed.

 He sat for a while in the blossoming apple tree, being very romantic

and being very happy with his lovely bride.

Friday, April 27, 2012

call for a female flycatcher.

For 4 days I did not see the flycatcher anymore.
I thought he was snatched by a cat... of course the neighbors cat.
Bibi only catches mice and Fluffy is not outside so much yet.

I missed him, the flycatcher..such a lovely bird, coming all the way from Africa, and now... finally here...after so many many miles...grabbed by a cat.
I could not stand it, though I know this drama happens almost every day someplace somewhere.

Then to my great surprise, I noticed him again!
Still searching for a nest box, flying from one nest box to another.
But he has no mate yet...
He is singing his call for a mate almost all day.

Maybe you can help?
So here is a call for a mate for the flycatcher.
Please be so kind and sent a female flycatcher to my garden for this lovely bird.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


The Malus (lfiry red apple tree) is having a party.
It is feasting and celebrating life on the top of his lungs.
Beautiful blushing red buds...turning white when in blossom.

There are so many flowers...that could many apples in autumn and winter time.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Fluffy dozing, Bibi keeping an eye open, in between the dozing.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Queen out

While going out to get a new canvas, 
The butterfly thought he could do it without my support.
When I came back I found him, perfectly perched on the stick,
a little above the empty cocoon.
Because it is cold and rainy I keep him in the glasshouse, till the weather gets sunny and shiny.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cocoon Swallowtail becoming more transparant

Today I sat a long time...keeping watch.
ready with my camera, lovely sunshine...
Until it just started to rain and the butterfly still not moving.
However I photographed and filmed the transformation already so many times the years before.
that it is not a problem..that I won't capture it again.

The transparency has become even more.
Black dots shining through on the rear end, which were not there  yesterday.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cocoons Swallowtail

Yesterday one of the cocoons of the Swallowtail came out.
A beautiful butterfly fluttered against the window of the glasshouse
in which I had kept them stored over wintertime.
I let him fly right away.

Yesterday I noticed that the next one is planning to come soon.
A few days ago, both cocoons looked almost the same...
deep green colored.(like the one on the bottom)
When the butterfly plans to come out, the cocoon gets transparent.
The yellow and black colors of the wings are shining though.(top one)

However it is a lucky chance, when you are just in time to see the butterfly coming out.
In just a few seconds he's out.
So to stay all day on the look out,
I don't know...

Friday, April 20, 2012

First day stamp

The day before yesterday....  my niece gave birth to a beautiful delightful daughter.
I was asked to design the baby card
and along with that the first day stamp on the envelope.
Today I received the card in the mail.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Flycatcher on perch

The flycatcher perches on the birds...for perfect view.

Monday, April 16, 2012

wisteria buds

The buds of the wisteria (blauwe regen) are becoming bigger and bigger.
promising a great blue cloud soon!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


The flycatcher is having a very busy schedule...
1 He is inspecting the several birdhouses, that are not yet occupied.
2 Flying from one end of the garden to the other.
3 Chasing away too nearby coal-tits,
blue-tits, or finches.
4 Singing, tweeting his territory songs...
5 Catching in between a fly here and there.
Then for some time he's gone.
Probably having the same rituals in my neighbors gardens.
Its lovely to watch.

I had forgotten how his song sounded...
now I have it clearly stored again in my memory.
cheepe-cheepe-cheep cheep!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

More buds

More buds are going to explode.
Now its the time to keep for eyes on the buds.
Before you know it they are out,
without having noticed or seen.
And then you think How come? where was I ?
why did I not notice or not see...even when I looked!

This year I don't want to miss a bud.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Buds Out!

Finally the buds are out!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Blue-tit enjoying spring.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Rain in my new pond.
also sunshine (no photo)
even hailstones (no photo):-)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


The buds are almost ready.
and here

Monday, April 09, 2012

flycatcher view

Yesterday I got a glimpse of the flycatcher.
I was able to catch him before my camera.

He was defending his territory by chasing away a blue tit
and loudly singing his territory songs
I do hope he soon finds a birdhouse here in my garden.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Finch revived

One hour later, I saw that Mr. Finch was doing well.
Brightness came back in his eyes, and he looked around very alive.
Some minutes later he took his wings.
I think we all were relieved...

Meanwhile Fluffy kept an eye on the Finch, (from inside)
he did not want to miss a second.

Saturday, April 07, 2012


I heard a loud thump against the window.
When I looked up, a beautiful male finch had crashed against the window.
He had fallen upside down on the bench...and it seemed very bad.
It took him in my hands for quite some time,
While he was heavy panting he allowed my care.

Later I made a hot water bottle and put him in a warm sweater.
There he is sitting now...

I do hope he soon gets well again.
Such a beautiful bird.