Monday, 24 November 2008

Feathered friends on the feeders

Mum's feeders are so much closer to the house than mine so I'm able to get reasonably close and take photos through the window. This makes them slightly fuzzy, but still not bad. This Blue Tit and Great Tit together on the fat balls shows the difference in their size nicely.The Blue Tits seem to prefer the coconut. They get through one pretty quickly!
They're also pretty keen on the peanuts.Mum has a couple of small crab apple trees just past her patio area and these are full of apples this year. This Winter Wren was looking in amongst the apples hoping for spiders or other bugs.
The apples are still rock hard at the moment, but I'm hoping that when they've softened a bit later on in the winter, I will get some thrushes down on them so that I can get some good photo opportunities! Fingers crossed!

8 comments:

Eve said...

My digits are crossed Jenny Wren! These photos are terrific! I saw the Blue Tit on Roy’s blog today and am just amazed! Such a beauty. Your winter wren is so cute with his tail straight up. Great post and great photos!

Roy said...

Hey Jen.
The Blue Tit images are beautiful.
The Jenny Wren is cute as well.
Hopefully, you could get some Fieldfares on those apples.

Mary said...

Wonderful shots! I didn't realize that birds liked coconut...will have to try that! Your wren is very cute and I like seeing him among the crabapples.

Mosura said...

What a great view from that window.

Does the window open? I used to open the window and close the curtains and have the lens just poking through the opening in the curtains so the birds would not be too spooked.

Quiet Paths said...

Wonderful shots! You have some real gems here. Wish I could do this. I too didn't realize that coconut was a bird food. It makes sense, except in the wild who do the birds employ to crack that thing open? I guess that is why we're around....

Jenny said...

Hi Evie, thanks, I went over to Roys and saw that we'd both posted photos with Blue and Great Tit and mentioned the size difference, spooky! (-:

Hi Roy, yes that's what I'm hoping for, either Redwing or Fieldfare. I have to be in the right place at the right time.....

Hi Mary and Christine, my Mum has been feeding coconut to the birds for years. At 82 years of age, it's a bit worrying to know that she drills the holes to put the wire through with an electric drill!!!

Hi Alan, I'll have to check out whether the window opens up there and if it does, will have to try out your method, the photos would be so much sharper. Thanks!

Denise said...

What a splendid collection of photographs Jenny, just love all of them. Those little birds are the most precious shots.

Jenny said...

Hi Denise, thanks for looking in on my blog. Yes, they're such lovely birds, I love all of the Tit family.