A Date is Set and Some Musings….

The date for moving into the new house has been set…  I made an executive decision (as David and I were humming and aahhing for hours!), to name the date for moving in to be the 27th December 2013! I did not want the upheaval over Christmas, so I have chosen a date afterwards.

Other news: I am overjoyed to have successfully booked seats for the forthcoming ‘Twelfth Night‘ at the new Liverpool Everyman Theatre!

http://www.everymanplayhouse.com/show/Twelfth_Night/1031.aspx

I managed to even get front row stalls! I was amazed as I thought that people in the city would have been snapping up the seats readily! I can’t wait to see the new theatre and this production of my favourite Shakespeare play!

Work wise: I did not find myself unemployed for long. Well it was exactly two days! I got a call not long after finishing work at the Royal Hospital from the agency informing me that my student from last year had asked if I could go back to work with her and help with her studies. So that is what I have been doing these past few weeks. There are only two weeks remaining of the University term and then I am looking forward to a nice long holiday over Christmas. A rest is much needed!

Animal matters: There have been many wild birds visiting the garden feeders as the autumn temperatures start to plummet and the dark nights draw in. There have been the usual numerous Goldfinches, Starlings and Pigeons and they have been joined by two Blue Tits and even a shy Robin! But there has been too much activity for the poor Robin to forage at his own pace! I even thought I had seen a brief visitation of the Dunnock, but I could have been mistaken!

My Border Collie Riley has been worrying me a bit today. He has seemed very quiet, has not eaten his evening meal and looks so sad. 😦 I hope he is not sickening for something? He still goes on his walks and wants to play, he just seems under the weather today. Let’s just hope it is just a phase and he is back to his wild, energetic self tomorrow!

Two Dunnocks!

It seems that spring has finally sprung and I am slowly coming out of my winter hibernation! 🙂

Yesterday, Saturday was a lovely bright sunny day. Dare I risk saying it seemed like a whisper of summer? I dressed in my favourite summer frock and while waiting to leave the house to do the weekly shop I popped my head out of the bedroom window and lo and behold I saw the friendly sight of Mr. Dunnock! He was in the tree opposite with two Blue Tits. I have noticed the Goldfinch charms have all broken up and only couples visit the feeders now.

While excitedly watching the Dunnock hopping about our yard, my eyes espied another wonderful sight: another Dunnock. There were two of them!! 😀 I watched both of them sifting about the yard for 15 minutes or so!

While spying on the Dunnocks, I also noticed many big bumblebees having finally woken from their slumber looking for flowers and I was overjoyed at seeing my first butterfly of the season, but I could not identify it properly. It was small and brown with an orange streak on its wing tips. I think it may have been a Hairstreak but not totally sure.

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Later on that afternoon David found an Early Bumblebee in the bathroom sink, we did’t know how long he/she had been there. David scooped the bee up in a glass and put him/her safely in the yard. After getting warmed up by the sun, the bee ‘buzzed’ off happy to be free.

25 Goldfinches!

On Friday 22nd March it snowed for most of the day! I remember well this time last year, we were sitting in the garden enjoying the warm sun! What a difference a year makes!

I had finished work at the university for the three week Easter break and spent the day looking at the falling snow drift past my window and at the visiting garden birds to my feeders. At one stage there were 25! Goldfinches sitting in the surrounding trees. Blue Tits and Magpies visited for the home made bread we had left out the day before.  

Below find video compilation I made of the visiting birds this cold ‘spring’ day.

We have a leak! :(

News from the weekend is that we found a leak in the ceiling of our guest bedroom. The leak is coming from a shared chimney stack we have with our neighbours. We have had the roofers out and they are coming some time this week to re-point the brickwork, but ultimately the stack needs to be taken down. 😦

On a more brighter note, I saw a lone Wren in the garden this evening. Below is footage I took of one last year!

We have had many Goldfinches, Pigeons and Starlings visit over the weekend as well as two Blue Tits and a Magpie. 🙂

More Couples!

Well, today was a short day at work. So being back home by 11am, I had plenty of time to watch the various winged visitors to my back yard.

The Dunnock couple visited so many times today that I can’t even remember! Every time I looked out of the window, there was at least one Dunnock, sometimes two! When I was getting ready for work this morning, I saw the couple hopping about the soil and later on they were hopping about the yard and got so close to the door. They do seem very relaxed with their surroundings!

Another couple that has started visiting more regularly now is the Great Tit couple. I saw them at least twice today. One time they were on the sunflower feeders in both trees, they are looking so plump, almost as plump as the Blue Tit couple that visits.

Talking of the Blue Tits, this morning I heard the one that sounds like a children’s toy gun calling out, though later on in the evening I didn’t see nor hear them visiting. I do hope they are both okay and that the horrible wet weather we are having has not upset their activities.

One couple that did visit today, made me so overjoyed at seeing them again! It was the Goldfinch couple and they were both sharing the sunflower hearts from a feeder in the big tree, getting at least some shelter from the horrible driving rain. I do have some Nyjer seed for them, but they don’t seem to have found them as yet! I still think they are a little nervous at visiting! I did go to get my camcorder but they both flew off as I lifted the lens towards them. 😦 They both seemed so hungry, again, I hope that if they continue to visit, they will grow as plump and glossy as the Dunnock, Great and Blue Tits. 🙂

I am slightly worried for the Blue Tits, I hope they have visited when I was just not looking! I don’t think my back yard will be the same without their presence!

Our Society Finches are still sitting on their eggs. It seems like forever since Chocolate (I’m saying it’s her as she is so much bigger than Caramel!) started laying her eggs. David sent me a link saying it could be up to another two weeks before they hatch or we clean the eggs from the nest. That’s not a job I am looking forward to, lets all keep our fingers crossed that we have a male and female Finch and they have given us fertile eggs. 😀

No Snow and a Tomato Curry!

After spending all day yesterday in anticipation of the coming snow, Liverpool was sadly overshot and all we received as precipitation was frozen ice that made icicles and froze David’s car as we went shopping. He wasn’t impressed when he had to scrape the car twice lol 

Yesterday I bought a washing line, it was only a pound so didn’t break the bank. David and I wound it around my ground cage defender and today (Sunday) it looks like it is deterring the Pigeons who are looking at the cage and you can tell from their behaviour that they are thinking ‘I was able to get in yesterday, but it looks a bit smaller today.’ 🙂

I also bought a fat block and a half filled coconut yesterday, an impulsive buy, but the Starlings love the fat blocks 🙂

Last night, David and I tried our hand at making a curry from scratch. We made a Jalfrezi, but with a tin of tomatoes in it, it tasted more of tomatoes and needed more spices, my opinion anyway!

Today, I caught sight of the Dunnock, he had survived the cold of last week and he was happily sitting in the adjusted cage feeder, safely eating all he wanted 🙂 Later on he was seen again, sitting, singing his sweet song in our big tree 🙂 I was happy to see him, and David thought I was crazy as I jumped around the room happily! 🙂

Again, I have seen many or the same Blue Tit couple (s), they are liking the black Sunflower seeds, and I was surprised to see the Robin eating from a fat-ball feeder!

I probably won’t see many birds tomorrow as I have a long day at work, not looking forward to it, I’d rather be sitting with my head out of the window looking at the birds go ‘wild’ for the food I have left out for them. 🙂

Shopping List: washing line!

Right that is it! No more miss nice girl! I am sick and tired of about 10 Pigeons converging in my back garden. I wouldn’t mind feeding them the kitchen scraps, like stale bread and rice but they constantly enter my grown feeder cage and today was the final straw!

I saw about five Pigeons surrounding the cage, eating all the seed I had left the previous evening, but what really upset me was that in between the branches of our little tree was, the Dunnock, trying to jump down for food. 😦 The Pigeons are about five times as big as the Dunnock and the poor little guy didn’t get a look in of the food as the Pigeons scared him away 😦

I am going to purchase some washing line tomorrow so I can wrap it around the cage in the hope to prevent the Pigeons getting in. Knowing my luck the Dunnock will either find somewhere else to eat or worse still, die of cold and starvation! I am not very happy!

Apart from that I have seen quite a few Blue Tit couples, don’t know if it is the same couple or several, but they have been enjoying the sunflower seeds and fat balls left out for them. I just wish the Dunnock would adapt and find a way of feeding from the hanging feeders, it would make my life happier and I’d say his slightly better too.