Sunday, 3 July 2011

Of Tennis and birds

I have been a bit of a couch potato watching all that tennis at Wimbledon.  I used to play a bit of tennis for absolute fun but I have to admire these guys in the men's singles.  What other sport do individuals have to be fit enough to keep up that pace for in excess of 3 hours?  Amazing.

Juvenile Siskin

So I have not been doing a lot of birding.  The weather the last couple of days has been superb.  Really warm and an opportunity to eat outside.  We are in such close proximity to our feeders on these occasions and the birds just ignore us on the whole.  Siskins are the most entertaining coming in good numbers with lots of juveniles.

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpeckers come too and the juveniles seem to prefer the fat balls rather than the peanuts.  All these birds attract a fair number of predators.  The most unwelcome are local cats who get sent on their way with a well aimed clod of earth or a variety of threatening noises. Jays and Magpies cause havoc when they appear but tend to concentrate on eating the food provided.  Buzzards and Red Kites are overhead daily and this evening a Sparrowhawk soared over the house.

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