Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Dunnock,Prunella modularis

There are so many Dunnock's  of different ages in the garden  now.

Latin name

Prunella modularis


Accentors (Prunellidae)


A small brown and grey bird. Quiet and unobtrusive, it is often seen on its own, creeping along the edge of a flower bed or near to a bush, moving with a rather nervous, shuffling gait, often flicking its wings as it goes. When two rival males come together they become animated with lots of wing-flicking and loud calling.
The sexes are very alike, though the female is a little drabber.
Juveniles lack the grey on head and chest, instead they have brown streaks.

Where to see them

Inhabits any well vegetated areas with scrub, brambles and hedges. Look in deciduous woodland, farmland edges, parks and gardens. Keeps largely on the ground and often close to cover.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Insects, spiders, worms and seeds.

Estimated numbers

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-2,163,000 territories--


pots and pans

 The packaging for 9 pots and pans, all from the same company and all arrived the same time
my wife was not very happy as there was a screw missing from the  large pan.  you may think like I did thats easily solved, "just send a screw" , but oh no! can't have things that easy we have to send the pan back in its original package. maybe the screw had come loose and is in the package.  makes me wonder if these people think that I have a screw come loose. its almost a week now but the pan with both screws still has not arrived.
A question on our kittens  Answered  

Mute swans

Mute swans & signets 

The male is  a Cob,  the female is a Pen,and the young are  Cygnets.
May 7th 2012.  The Cygnets are four days old this family are on the stretch of the Montgomery canal known as Dolfor lock they use the canal as far as Aberbechan lock .
The cob is the swan still in the water quite recognisable with the larger black knob on the base of the beak, he is also more protective of his family than the pen..
The cob showing its id tag,
Only six in this years hatch they had nine last year with only 3 surviving the first 8months  all were killed by the foxes who are also a protected species. problem around here is the area is a favourite dumping ground of the urban foxes from places like Birmingham Etc ,and as the do gooders say the poor mites have to eat???
The parents uproot what looks like fools parsley that grows along the banks of the canal.
The family with the barn swallows skimming the water for insects

Monday, 30 July 2012

Turned out nice again

For the ducks anyway.

 What was wrong with our kitchen as it was is anyones guess!  but as Pam said I put this kitchen in when we moved here 22 years ago. doesn't time fly?  I need a new one:

 Our old kitchen all loaded on the skip  waiting for the rest of the packaging that will come with the new units. I was just about to go out on my bike looking for some bits and bobs too finish the kitchen all the units have been built  all I need now are some clamps for the work top a kitchen sink with taps a bit of patience with my dear wife who has taken it upon herself to do the designing all very well  looking at designs on web adverts but the sweat and  fixing is my responsibility and of course errors in the ordering is also my problem, but its coming along just fine I have plenty of time as the sink is not coming for another week so I can only complete three quarters of the Job.

The weather forecast was for showers and if this is just a shower god help us when it does rain.
 wiring is almost complete.

OK thats out with the old  at this point we did not know whether to put in A new sink?

Sparkle is quite enjoying the upheaval everything new has a close inspection.
Ok thats the oven in
decision made and now we have a weeks wait

Bell the eldest of the siamese sisters is well put out  and waits on the stairs for us to go to the safe room (the bedroom we happen to share with the cats)  the older ones are used to upheaval and just stay out of the way just call when its feed time ,

saphy our tontines is always happy in the sun.

Always time for a play even for the the old boy Sylvester

Great tits

Parus Major ;Great tit

The largest UK tit - green and yellow with a striking glossy black head with white cheeks and a distinctive two-syllable song. It is a woodland bird which has readily adapted to man-made habitats to become a familiar garden visitor. It can be quite aggressive at a birdtable, fighting off smaller tits. In winter it joins with blue tits and others to form roaming flocks which scour gardens and countryside for food.
 in the UK we have seven varieties of tits starting with the most common , blue.great,coal,long-tailed, marsh,bearded and crested ,the latter two  I have not seen as yet. 

 The Great tit feeding with the Juvenile Blue tit.

Sunday, 29 July 2012


28th July 2012  was a sad day in my middle sons house. >>the dog got run over>> The youngest boy was so upset  because he never got to say goodbye (properly) . then the daughter  phoned she insisted they have a proper burial. . but would not be home for two days. so the corpse was kept in the freezer save the smell of a rotting  corpse in the house, why they could not put the poor thing in a plastic sealed bag in the shed . but ours is not to" reason why" Then My son came over today  as he takes us in the car shopping on a sunday. not a word was said   not even from his girlfriend  mother of the two children. so the suspense was killing me  OK I said when is the funeral. tomorrow!  we worked all evening preparing the dog . what do you mean "I asked'  well we have super glued him together so he looks better  for the burial tomorrow . now my mind was really boggled. did you unfreeze it first,  never mind I said. as long as it still looks like a dog. I suppose the kids will be grateful to give it a send off .  no  that is not the reason we super glued it. we did not want our daughter to have that memory of a mangled body for the rest of her life.

Last nights moon.   and the burial saga continues,
 I am putting in a new kitchen and I needed a few pieces like worktop clamps etc   so my son promised he would be here by 9.30 so I could get on with my days work. he turns up at 11.00 my day is already F***** up,   by mid day my back plays up the diabetes does not help,   its now 14.10 and I have managed to get the tiles and the latest update on the dog. while getting the clamps for the worktop my son said he wanted a bag of lime, I knew I did not need lime so the first thought was the dog.  ,  but one never knows with my lot could have been he was doing some brick or stonework on his house  and need the lime for the mortar mix. So Mike busy on the house are you, I asked"  no its for the burial,    ok good idea i thought. but why?  well the kids will want to take the dog with them if we ever move,   hmm,   did not have the heart to tell him in two years time there will be nothing left of the dog not even the bones.  not like my kids are youngsters my eldest is 49 and youngest is 40,  surely they know lime is not a preserver. almost told him to get a plastic container and pickle the dog if he wants to move it about   but then I would most like been told  that would  undo the superglue,   say no more I thought, ,but it did make me laugh

Wood pigeon

Wood pigeon(Columba palumbus)

This one is getting a bit too tame It just sits around all day waiting for the smaller birds to drop seeds from the feeder,
The UK's largest and commonest pigeon, it is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches, clearly visible in flight. Although shy in the countryside it can be tame and approachable in towns and cities. Its cooing call is a familiar sound in woodlands as is the loud clatter of its wings when it flies away.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Juvenile robin

 Juvenile Robin 

In search of some seeds with the Blackbird and  Dunnock.
Perched with another one of the juveniles the Great tit.

Nuthatch( Sitta europaea)


28th July 2012,
First time I have had the pleasure of seeing and shooting the Nuthatch in my front garden,
The nuthatch is a plump bird about the size of a great tit that resembles a small woodpecker. It is blue-grey above and whitish below, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a black stripe on its head, a long black pointed bill, and short legs. It breeds in central and southern England and in Wales, and is resident, with birds seldom travelling far from the woods where they hatch.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Red kites at Gigrin farm Rhayader

Red kites Gigrin Rhayader.

The the kestrels I took photos of when I lived in Egypt 2003-2011
Gigrin  farm and the red kites are 28 miles from Newtown,  and at last after being home for one year I finally managed to get there.
Quite a few waiting in the oak trees for dinner to be served,

Feeding time at 15.00 over 200 kites being fed plus a few crows .

The rooks just stood on the ground during feed time when most of the food had gone they cleaned the remaining up.

14.50 nothing about but the kites where in the oak tree and a few high up circling the area,

Then a peacock flew in followed by 2 peahens. there are three peahens and one cock +two chicks on the farm.
one hen with two chicks on the farm garden fence

Then he decided to put on a good show  before the kite main show of the day for all of us bird watchers in the feeding area hides. a few twirls before he heads off to join the ladies before food arrives.

The two hens inspecting the beef making sure it was fit for kite consumption.
then in they came like jets swooping in and grabbing chucks of meat with their talons,

Is there such a thing as a white Red Kite.

This one is not tagged,

another white one with a tag,

two in one frame,