Monday, August 06, 2018

Making rain



Its been sooo extremely dry, the last couple of weeks,
 so I made my own rain for the plants, in order to not be like a dry valley.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Blackbird after his bath, relaxing, preening








Its still extremely hot.
Too warm for me to sit in the garden.
This blackbird is trying to cool down as well.
After taking his bath, he is preening and relaxing,
Taking his time.
As you can see he is molting,
His neck is quite untidy.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Sparrows in my garden!

I could not believe my eyes, when I noticed a group of sparrows in my garden!
Many times I begged to some friends who have lots of sparrows in their gardens,
to give me some of their sparrows.
They never did.
Today, maybe because of the extreme hot summer days,
I suddenly saw this flock of sparrows landing in my birdbath, coming for a drink.
I was amazed to see them.
Immediately I filled the basket with some oatmeal, maybe they wanne stay!




Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Hollyhock 2

After a long holiday-silence,
The same hollyhock as one month ago, has almost finished blossoming.
However, during this time the plant has made lots of seeds.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Hollyhock

The hollyhock, Alcea Rosea, Stokroos, is blossoming abundantly.
I love the red color of this one
and it has lots of buds coming!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Bull finch again

Yesterday I was so happy to see the fiery bird again!
He arrives very quickly,
takes a sip from the water and as soon as he sees something move, he's gone.
So that makes it difficult to get him on my camera.
Yesterday I had only one shot and I thought it was not sharp.
Looking at it today...I was surprised to see the photo is sharp!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Woody again




As long as I put some yummy things in the basket,
the woodpeckers come.
They love the food, and mostly I can hear them coming...
Tjeck, tjeck....tjeck...
and yes there he comes, sometimes they come together.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

worn-out coal

A  worn-out coal-tit resting.
His head bald I guess because of moulting...
I looks a bit funny.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bullfinch




Being up early this morning, I sat down with my coffee.
Then I noticed I was not the only one being up early.
The Bullfinch was up too!
Enjoying his bath in the birdbath!
This was so nice!
What an amazing colours!!!!!
A good start of the day.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Orange-pink blur

In my garden I noticed an orange-pink blur flying by.
I knew it had to be the Bull-finch (Goudvink)
A moment later he sat in the birdbath having a drink.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Woodpeckers







The woodpeckers are coming every day now,
as long a I fill the basket.
Its such a great sight to see these birds coming and going.
Here is a female young.
She has no red dot on the back the head.
The males have red dots.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Green Woodpecker





This is awesome.
A green Woodpecker in my grass
searching for ants.
He is a very shy bird...I am very happy I caught him with my camera.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Woodpecker



Yesterday, I suddenly noticed some woodpeckers.
I had put some old cookies in a feeding basket.
Not only the blue-tits and the finches had found it.
The woodpeckers had found it too!
First I thought there was only one, but suddenly I saw four of them!
One parent and three young.
Here is one young looking how to get in the feeding basket.
Such a treat! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bullfinch



To my great amazement and surprise,
a Bullfinch landed on the birdbath to come for a drink.
To me a rare bird in my garden.
The male has an astonishing beautiful pink/orange breast.
In dutch he is named Goldfinch, However a goldfinch in England is another bird.

(Pyrrhula Pyrrhula, Bullfinch, Goudvink)
When you once have seen this bird, you will never forget this beauty.

Monday, June 11, 2018

young coal in shock


Some days ago I saw a young coal-tit lying on the ground.
He had hit the glass-window.
He sat in a shock, his head totally bended backwards...
It did not look good.
I took him in my hands and spoke/prayed to the bird that he would be well.
He needed some time to recover.
Meanwhile it started raining.
I put him in feeding table, so he sit there dry.
and also that when he was done, he would be free to take his wings.
I was happy that after a while he was gone.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Poppy



Beginning this year in spring I sowed poppy-seeds.
Lots...
My dream was to have a small poppy-field in my garden.
I sowed them in containers and in the bare ground.
The ones in the containers did come up, however hungry snails or slugs were happy with a fresh poppy-salad.
When I looked one day to see how the poppy's were doing
...not one poppy-plant was left.
The ones in the open ground... I did not see any of them grow up.

To my surprise there came some poppy-plants between the tiles and stones of my terrace.
I did not plant nor sowed them there.
And these poppy's are now richly blossoming!

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Skipper butterfly



On the floor in my garage, I found this butterfly.
It did hardly move.
However I put him outside to see if he would be able to  fly.
The butterfly wobbled a bit on the ground, so Im not sure if he will make it.
It looked most like a Hesperiidae, Skipper butterfly, Dikkopje.