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Saturday, 18 June 2016

My Sunday Photo... Tits

I don't really want to dwell on the horrendous wet, cold and even foggy weather that we've been experiencing lately...  as the sun finally appeared for the last hour of the day, I'm just grateful that it remembered us at all.
We have had several of our bird boxes occupied which has been wonderful to see.
The parents have been so busy and incredibly attentive... a perfect tag team as they take it in turns to feed their young. 
But as the weather closed in I must confess I did worry if they would survive.
I placed suet balls, sunflower seeds (with their husks removed for ease) and meal worms in an attempt to help keep both the parent birds energised and hopefully the baby birds fed. 
There certainly wasn't any insects or caterpillars out in that torrential rain.
I'm hoping to see lots of babies emerge in the coming week, as the weather forecast says we will reach dizzy heights of 14 degrees! 
Woohoo... bring it on I say.
Gone are the days when I'd long for 26/28 degrees... I'm happy to get any double digits now!

Here's a little chap... the Coal Tit that came on the feeder just outside my kitchen window, 
 The Blue Tit has definitely got a brood in a nest box and he (or she) is part of the awesome tag team that I mentioned.
 Here's a shot of the little chap carrying out his parental duties with such tenacity and vigour. 
I also saw one of the woodpeckers that I featured last Sunday. 
It was feeding it's young on a nearby tree. 
The baby woodpecker is quite bigger than the parent bird, but maybe it's not surprising with all of the peanuts it was eating!
So that's what's happening around my neck of the woods as it were.,. I hope you liked seeing my little visitors. As usual I'm linking up with  'My Sunday Photo' with PhotoalifeWordless (on Tuesday at image-in-ing) and Mersad over at Through my lens,
Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are. 
I hope the sun shines for you.
Have fun and I hope to see you again soon.

53 comments:

  1. And what a beautiful trio of Tits you have there!

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    1. Haha... I though we might have a giggle over the subject matter.
      I'm thrilled to have captured them all. There never seems to be a dull moment with them.
      Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a wonderful Father's Day celebration.

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  2. How lovely to have baby birds in your garden and to be able to sit and watch the parent birds getting food for their young. Love the photos of the blue tits and the coal tit :-)

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    1. I feel very privileged to have so many wild birds come to visit. I still would love an owl, thrust and bullfinch which I know is being greedy, but it's good to make wishes.
      I've only seen one pair of bullfinches since we've been back and as for the owl, I know they are near because I can hear them in the woods... I just need them to come and stay nearer us.
      Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a lovely Sunday... enjoy!

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  3. I love the middle shot in particular - such vivid colours!

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    1. Yes I think I might have to agree with you there Tim, although I do like them all.
      Have a wonderful Father's Day hopefully being spoilt!

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  4. You always have beautiful visitors there. Lovely photos of them as always. xx

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    1. We're quite rural here with a nearby woods Melody, so I think we are very lucky. I also provide lots of variety of bird food which helps to entice them in.

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  5. Hi Neesie, I bet you spend hours watching your birds do their thing. We have two sets of nesting swallows and I could spend all day watching them, feed and raise their young.

    Lovely photos and I'm sure they appreciated the extra tidbits you put out for them.

    xx

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    1. Hi Debbie, I certainly could spend all day watching the comings and goings in my garden, but I try not too. It can be very distracting though... in a nice way.
      They certainly all seem to love what's on the menu.

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  6. Super sweet birds--I've been getting to know the birds in Saudi--not quite as small and sweet, but they do begin chirping about 30 seconds before the sun comes up.

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    1. I'm trying to remember the birds we used to have visit when we lived in Qatar, but I'm having difficulty.
      The dawn chorus here can be both quite awesome, but also rather annoying as it is now starting about 3.45!

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  7. Absolutely beautiful Neesie, you are so lucky to have such lovely visitors x

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    1. I know I'm lucky Cathy, we had a wonderful surprise last night as a Jay came to the feeder. We don't see them very often... they tend to stay in the woods. We've also got a bird singing in one of our large trees and it's so beautiful, but I can't see it or identify it's song.
      It's nothing like I've heard before. Maybe I should record it and send it to the RSPB for them to identify. It would be interesting to see if we have a new visitor.

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  8. Aren't they gorgeous! Love the photo of the little bird poking it's head out of the birdhouse. Endless hours of entertainment and lovely photos. Hugs, Donna

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    1. Well I'm glad you agree Donna because I think they're pretty special.
      I love having them all around us. I feel we are very lucky to have them come to visit.

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  9. Brilliant photos, I love the second photo.

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. Thanks Darren. I'm thrilled with the results, and have to agree that I like the second one best too.
      Thanks for the opportunity to link up once more. I hope you had a great Fathers Day and a good week lies ahead.

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  10. I giggled over the URL :D. But wow they are beautiful little tits. It must be so lovely just watching them. We have some come visit daily around 4am and they really can chirp SO loud!

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    1. I thought it might cause a titter (ha... couldn't resist Tas)
      I've become so used to so many around us that sometimes I have to stop and appreciate just how brilliant it is to have so many visitors.
      Yeah our dawn chorus is starting about 3.45am now, but the worst noisy culprits for waking us up are the crows!
      They make such a racket squawking... not a pleasant sound at all.

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  11. These are so beautiful. I really love them all but I particularly like the last one :) x

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    1. Thanks Victoria, it's funny how everyone has their favourites.
      I keep changing my mind.

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  12. Aren't they all beauties. The Girls and I miss watching the birds from our old house. There aren't many close by our new apartment. :( I hear them singing in the dawn but never see them. There is an osprey couple with a young'un perched atop an electric pole. They put flat platforms on top for the large birds to build their nest so aren't electrocuted. Thanks for sharing your birds with us. Have a wonderful week. Hugs

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    1. I think they are Nan. I missed them all so much when I lived overseas, so I'm making up for lost time now.
      I loved hearing about the osprey nest. How ingenious. I think that's a brilliant idea and maybe we should be doing that over here.

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  13. What a wonderful photos! They are beautiful birds x

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    1. Thanks Kim, I had fun trying to capture them, but I'm pleased with my results in the end.

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  14. Lovely tit photos (did I really just type that LOL) - will you link them up to #AnimalTales?

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    1. Haha... yeah I thought the title might cause a giggle or should I say 'titter' (sorry I just couldn't resist!)
      I never thought to link them up to #AnimalTales so thanks for the idea.

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  15. I must say, your blog post title rather got my hopes up for photos of a different sort. But birds are nice too!

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    1. Well let me state here and now Debra... I'm not that sort of blog and I certainly wouldn't be posting any part of my anatomy on here!
      (Hear that huge sign of relief from the masses?)
      I'm glad that you like the birds though

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  16. the weather has been driech (such a scottish word :p) rain and more rain here

    great photos of the tits, blue tits are so cute :)

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    1. Oh I know all about dreich quine ;D
      Thankfully the rain has stopped and we've even seen a little sun today. The temperature has also risen. I really was beginning to think that the three great days that we had could well have been summer!
      Glad you like the birds.

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    2. bit of sun here too at the moment, but really hoping those few nice sunny days we had were not the last of it. i want to go back to uni not looking like a bleached sheet :p

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  17. Adorable. we get all sorts of tits in the trees at the bottom of the garden. I could watch them for hours #MySundayPhoto

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    1. Now I'm wondering if you have a feeder because if you do they might come nearer? They are gorgeous visitors and I too could spend far too much time watching them.

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  18. Lovely wildlife shots. Thank you for linking in with Through my Lens.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. It was my pleasure to share and link up Mersad, thank you for the opportunity.
      Have a great week

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  19. they are such pretty little birds.

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    1. Aren't they just Felicia, I feel so privileged to have them all visit my place.

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  20. So sweet!
    I love watching our birds, too.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/06/drip-drip-drip.html

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    1. Thanks Sue, they are fascinating and so funny at times. Thank you for the link too.

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  21. Beautiful photos of birds !!
    Greetings

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    1. Greetings to you too Ela, I'm glad you liked my photos and that thank you following me. I really appreciate it.


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  22. Great photos! Thank you for sharing them! : )

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    1. Thanks Charles... it was my pleasure to share them.

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  23. Super photos :) Love the blue tit on the feeder!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I think that one might be my favourite too, although I keep changing my mind.

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  24. My dream capture! I always wanted to take photos of them but they are too elusive for me =) #mysundayphoto

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  25. Ah, so no peanut allergy then? Funny title

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  26. What a lucky girl you are to have such cute summer neighbours in your garden.

    R. Täysin arkista

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  27. Gorgeous birds. Love the picture of the one on the feeder.

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  28. What lens did you use to capture these photos! WOW!
    http://travelingbugwiththreeboys-kelleyn.blogspot.com/

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  29. Yes! More pictures like this!!! how sweet!!
    sandy xx

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