A weather not to put a tit outside. 8 °C this morning. Rain, wind, heavy clouds.
None entered the nest box today. Short passages for some sunflower seeds.
It is 15h, they come together, and both want to hang on the door of the nest box. Scramble, imbalance. One still hung ... by a finger. Then gives a quick glance at the entrance
No need to
convince you that it is raining, I think.
The interior of the nest box seems also wet.
This is the first time in three years.
We must check the seals.
these wings lowered, that's him.
In so doing he defends its territory, and also, tries to appear very convincing to his girlfriend to show him the birdhouse. (These pictures are from yesterday).
do when you are in the nest box? This is the female. She
may stay that way over half an hour, here
just 30s of this mad agitation.
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Sun, blue sky, et last! 3°C
in the window box this morning, "our" couple of wood pigeons
They blithely trample plants and seem appreciate this bed of herbs (rosemary, sage and savoury).
remain quite shy and accept to be observed but at respectful distance.
The photos are not very good through the windows and little light. We can see here the white patch at the neck of woodpigeon and his rose chest.
The tits are very much present today. The weather is fine and visits are frequent. In the early afternoon she will spend half an hour in the nest box.
Sun and blue sky, 7°C
morning we find the wood pigeons again installed in the flowerpot. They
sleep there, and settled there only in the early morning.
The program: sweet cooing, little tingling of feathers.
[Pica pica] often walk with a high nose, on the terraces, attentive to
slightest movement. They feed primarily on insects. These goings-on are
to watch. They explore all possibilities.
Here is one
hunting this time on a window.
Hey, want ...
It seems there was something. Let's see, let's see. No precipitation.
The easiest way is to go and see. The trick is to know the right time judge and act quickly. Win!
The sunflower seed of the day.
Few visits, six between 10h and 11h. Visits devoted to these beautiful movements. This attitude is used to squish materials like moss in the nest. There is still nothing. Last year the first strands were brought on 9 February. For now, we have neither detected the presence of the two chickadees in the nest box.
wind, 10 °C this morning. Still greyness.
No wood pigeons this morning. With this weather, we understand. It is noon and no tits either.
wait until 14h to see them arrive and stay until 16h15. She remains in
box up 3/4ths of an hour.
With its supplies!
Followed by a short doze.
morning. The weather is fine; they arrive early.
It is he who goes into the nest box.
A second later, she follows him. There is he, packed at the bottom of the photo; he tries to pass unnoticed.
A look and exits leaving her as mistress of the place.
These are the first pictures of both of them together in the nest box. In the afternoon, they will met inside again for a moment.
The opportunity to admire by the way, the distribution of white feathers on the blue dress.
We see less often the great tit, usually just the male. I do not know where they found a vacant shelter.
sun all day.
Wood pigeons returned this morning.
Many passages throughout the day. They are there almost constantly and he sings and sings.
The first crocus of the year
Blue, blue, blue...
Cold in the morning: 4 °C then 13 °C and blue sky.
A newcomer on the balcony: a dunnock [Prunella modularis - Passeriformes prunnellidae -]. Also called Hedge accentor or Hedge sparrow.
the sparrow, but has a grey head, grey-brown beside the eyes. He has
legs and legs and beak are much finer than the sparrow. On the wing he
narrow band of white feather tips visible here. Breast and belly are
This morning, in the sun, perched at the top of the poplar, it repeated continuously its melodious short sentence that allowed his identification. Although small, you her him, his singing is bright and sharp.
It is insectivorous (he has a fine beak). In winter when insects are scarce, they may eat seeds.