The last pictures, taken two days ago. The nest now seems empty. The parents don’t go in there anymore. I miss them. I got so used to see and hear the sound of the wings when they landed in the apple tree to from there make it into the nest. There’s no sight of the babies. I hope they all were able to get out safely and able to immediately fly the short trip to apple tree. I wish them all a good summer and happy life.
The blue tit couples’ chicks need more and more and more food all the time. These parents must be exhausted. I think the chicks will soon leave the nest and be able to find food by themselves.
Since mid April a blue tit couple have been really busy building a nest in our wall behind the bricks. There are some narrow gaps between some of the bricks after the snow some years ago took the ladder down. Unfortunately we have not fixed the issue yet. The birds flew (they squeeze them selves) in and out with their beak filled with building materials. From early morning to late in the evening. Both hundreds of times. Mostly moss from our lawn. In the beginning when they started building the nest they were very wary. They didn’t fly in before we went indoors. I tried to take some photos of them with their beaks filled with moss. But, they are no good because the birds stayed high up in the apple tree. I talked to them every day and still do. By now they are pretty used to us. The eggs have latched and there are now hungry babies. The parents fly in and out a hundred times with insects in their beak. No time for break to rest.
On the way to the supermarket we stopped at the gas station. I saw these birds eating rowan berries. I think the birds are some sort of thrush. At first, when I approached, they flew away. I stood there for a while and they returned. I’m pretty happy with the photos but, think that had I had my Canon EOS camera with me with the EF 90-300mm lens the photos might have been a bit better.
Still a flock of geese here ! There has been some frosty nights and also a little bit of snow a couple of times in September and October. But, lately it has been warm, gray and rainy. The huge flocks of geese left about a month ago. It still is pretty warm, about 5-9 degrees Celsius. The weather forecast says it is going to continue the same, at least, for the next ten days. I wonder for how long the geese will stay. Will they migrate at all ?
European Robin. Also called Robin redbreast or just Robin. They are back after spending the winter in the southern Europa. I saw a flock of about 8-10 of them. When I came they all flew away. I slowly took my camera from the bag and waited. After about 10 minutes the first one came back. He sat on a branch and stared at me for a good while. Then flew to the next branch, which was more close to me, and sat there for a while. Then also the others came back. They all began to look for something to eat. The first brave one moved even one more step closer to me. Now I was able to take some photos. I still waited for him to, perhaps, come a couple of more meters closer. But he didn’t. I wish I had a 600 mm lens but, my 300 has to do. Also I wish I had had the tripod but, I quite often am too lazy to take it with me.
It’s still quite warm here. But, the birds know it’s time to migrate. Already for days we have, daily, both seen and heard flocks of hundreds of geese migrate. They usually stop to eat and rest in the nearby field. Same field where the cranes have stayed for a couple of weeks. On Wednesday, on the way home from the supermarket, we stopped just to take a couple of photos. In the photo also are the four cranes and a few Canada geese but they are hard to spot as they stayed far further down the field.
Four cranes in the grain field. Once again I wish I had had a super zoom lens. Unfortunately I don’t but it doesn’t stop me from photographing. These needed rough cropping and are what they are. I think, despite the poor quality, the cranes look quite nice walking in the grain field.
I’m not sure do the flying ants appear here every summer. When they do they always disappear as quickly as they appear, usually this time of the year. On Tuesday there was many and the sparrows were so excited that they hardly noticed us being there too. They ate and ate. In the evening there were no more ants with wings.