Friday, 11 June 2010

Delusions of grandeur!

The other morning whilst drinking our early morning tea together, Chris thought he caught a glimpse of a squirrel in the trees across the road (he didn't have his glasses on)! A squirrel would be a rare sighting where I live (only one in the 20 odd years we've been here). Anyway, I got my bins (never toooooo far away from my birding hands) and what I saw wasn't a squirrel but this male House Sparrow with a wacking great big piece of string. He flew across the road to our front garden with this string trailing behind him, so I grabbed my camera (never toooooo far away from my bins) (-: and took a load of snaps of him trying to get to grips with his home diy project! He was obviously nesting in the eaves of our house as he tried several times to get the string up there without success.












I think maybe he should stick to small twigs! (-:

16 comments:

Anna Simpson said...

A lovely little post thank you for sharing it, and the photographs.
It's amazing the sort of items and objects that some birds try and put into their nests.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

What a fun series of photos, Jenny! He's so pretty. I'd like to send you all of OUR house sparrows, deal???

Shelley said...

So funny! Almost reminded me of a cowboy trying to use his lasso! Cute photos!

Leslie said...

I also enjoyed your photos. He is so determined.

Roy said...

These are great shots Jen, (its the eyes that goes first Chris.)

Eve said...

I think he should too...you could name him Tarzan!! hahahaha!

TonyC said...

LOL!! He'll never live that one down.

adkinsra said...

人應該做自己認為對的事,而不是一味跟著群眾的建議走。 ..................................................

Rural Rambler said...

Bins never toooooo far away from your birding hands, reached for your camera that's never toooooo far away from your bins! I so love it Jen!! Great photos and you could sure say that House Sparrows are a determined kind of bird! And no squirrels where you live-WOW. Somedays I would be happy about that here, and then other days maybe not so much :) You know we love the Old Man and he has a baby we saw Thursday that is just like his old man!

Kelly said...

Hahaha! That is classic. He definitely has high hopes! (Your title is one of my favorite Han Solo quotes from the early Star Wars movies!)

Sharon said...

That's lovely Jenny. Sparrows are so resourceful! We always throw out the fluff collected in the tumble drier - they love that in their nests.

Jenny said...

Hi Anna, thanks for commenting on my blog, yes I don't know if he managed to get it up into the nest in the end, they can be very determined!

Hi Debs, actually we could do with more House Sparrow over here, they've declined really badly in recent years, so feel free to send them in this directions! (-:

Hi Shelley, you're so right about the lasso, specially in the middle photos!

Hi Leslie, I'm glad you enjoyed the post, it was a fun thing to catch on camera!

Hi Roy, it's not just the eyes unfortunately! (-: His work is wearing his hands and joints out too!

Ha! Hi Evie, yep, Tarzan it is, I can just visualise him swinging on his rope past the bedroom window now!!! (-:

Hi Tony, that's not half as bad as my fox that turned into a traffic cone!!! (-:

Hi Adkinsra, I'm sorry I can't read your comment, but thank you for stopping to look at my blog.

Hi Pix, aw, would love to see a photos of Old Man junior sometime if you get the chance!!!

Hi Kelly, mine is "I have a bad feeling about this"! Classic stuff!
(-:

Hi Sharon, yes, when we had our last cat (called KT, short for Katie), she was long haired and very fluffy and the birds loved that!

Chris said...

Still Jen, the sequence is beautiful even if it is not a squirrel!! Looks like he got a hard time with this thing!!! Well done, you got a beautiful set of pictures!

Mary said...

Thannks for the big smile for today :-) How funny to see it with that huge piece of string. I hope he finally managed to tame it or at least part of it. Is it just me or is your comment screen pale yellow with pale blue writing that I can barely read?

Dog Trot Farm said...

What a sweet post Jenny, I enjoyed the sequence of photos. Looks like the little guy was trying to make a lasso! No squirrels in your neck of the woods?

Quiet Paths said...

Well, he certainly seemed persistent! He gave it a good try. Here, the Ospreys use bailing twine to put in their nests. I don't know how they manage to get that up there...