Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A Morning in The Garden


Yesterday I had a really happy morning. You won't hear me saying those words very often, I am most definitely not a morning person. But today I was reminded of how a happy morning sets you up for the day ahead

Whilst giving Forrest his breakfast I noticed, as always lately, the birdsong outside. So loud and joyful, it can't help but make me cheerful. I decided that when Forrest went up for his morning nap I would sit outside and drink it in

So when the little fella was safely tucked up in his cot I grabbed my hoodie, a folding chair and a cup of strong, bitter coffee and opened up the patio doors in to the garden. If you can call it a garden (you can't really, not yet. It's still mostly just a mess)


Wilson came along to keep me company


What's that you say? You want a close up of that blossom?


Last year we had swallows nesting in our garage and ladies and gentleman ..... drum roll please .... they are BACK!

I love these birds, they are so quick though that they're really hard to photograph! Luckily these two obliged me by hanging around on the phone line for five minutes. I think the one on the right is a baby



The bird responsible for the most beautiful singing was a thrush. It took me ages to work out - I could hear where it was coming from but I scoured that tree (I even put my glasses on!) and couldn't see a thing. It finally made its way right to the top so I could get a picture



We get tons of woodpigeons hanging around, including some really fat ones. This one was fairly slimline though



There was also a collared dove at the very top of the leylandii (but apparently it was camera shy) and some geese flew over (but they were too quick for me)

I've seen robins, a wren, goldfinches, blue tits, starlings and great tits since we moved here and I'm going to make it my mission to photograph them all. My mum loved feeding and photographing the birds in her garden, I think she'd be pleased that I'm following in her footsteps

I can't wait until the garden is finished so I can sit out there more. And I'm going to start feeding the birds again, my bird table is still at our old house but I'm going to bring it here at the weekend and set it up with some yummy treats for all my little feathered friends

Do you have any interesting birds in your garden?


21 comments:

  1. Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a clear photo of swallows like that before ... gorgeous!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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    1. They are right posers! Hopefully I will get some more on a brighter day, I love their red faces xx

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  2. It's like looking through the Countryfile calendar. Great pictures. I may have to pop around for tea :-) xx

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  3. Lovely photos Rachael. I'm sure your mum would be very proud. What camera do you use?
    You've inspired me to try out my new DSLR and see if i can get any pics of the swallows that are living in my tack room (and pooing on all my tack!)
    xx

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    1. Thank you! I'm not much of a photographer, I'm planning to go on a course soon. I use a bridge camera, a Panasonic DMC-FZ150 xx

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  4. Yay, your swallows are back! <3

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    1. How timely too as we were talking about them only last week! xx

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  5. Beautiful bird photos. Wilson is gorgeous. I wish my lab would sit still, he'd totally be chasing all those birds!
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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  6. I absolutely love your pictures Rachael, I love birds and I often see pigeons and robin in my garden and must say I agree that having that bird song in the morning can really lift your mood! Having a hedge means we have quite a few small birds that sing to us in the warmer months and I would love to be able to get some snaps of the beautiful things some day :D Thank you Rachael!

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  7. i wish i had a garden. we get a lot of pigeons but ava loves them and i just feel sorry for the scrawny one or the ones with one foot and a stump.

    sounds like the perfect way to spend a nap time :)

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  8. What fab bird photos - maybe this is your true calling in life! In our new place I've noticed a blue tit lurking around which excites me greatly. One time I was in the bird watching club in primary school... grade A loser x

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  9. I love that picture of the bird taking off...just beautiful!
    I live in the countryside surrounding Seville and the birds never stop chattering - its a nice soundtrack to my day indeed.
    Grace
    xXx
    theartofwandering.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Oh this is a beautiful post :) I love spending time in my garden too. We always have magpies nesting in the trees by my garden! Lovely photos and a new bloglovin' follower. xx

    www.allthingsbeautiful-x.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Ps - i think i may be your 600th bloglovin' follower :D YAAAY!

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  12. Awwwh what a brilliant morning <3 and those birds are just gorgeous.
    Jasmine xo | www.rabbitwoodblog.co.uk

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  13. Ah such prettiness! We have lots of lovely birds in our garden, but it's my other half who recognises which one's which! Loving your blog :)

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  14. Beautiful bird photos. It has brought out the birdwatching geek in me!

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  15. Such lovely photographs! I can NEVER get them as they always flit off far too quick. Having a little catch up on your blog with a big cup of Lady Grey :) xxx

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