Friday, 5 June 2015

30 days, birds and bees.....





The sun has come out and the bunting has gone up.


so for my 30 wild days here's what I have been doing in the garden.

more plants have been bought for the bees in mind.

Thyme Mix


This wonderful yellow flowering plant but I have lost the label, but do remember it said it was good for bees.


and Straw Flower "Ruby cluster"



The Red mason bees have started building nests in the bee hotels on the front of the house.





When I did the Biobltz last weekend we had some young Starlings on the bird feeder, as the week went on we noticed this young chap staying in the garden most days feeding on his own, at first he would come and feed with the Woodpigeons often looking up at them open mouthed, hoping they would feed him or the Sparrows but never with any other family groups of Starlings.



We have kept a eye on him/her and put extra meal worm out when we have spotted him feeding in the garden. As the week has gone on the Woodpigeons are not as happy to let him feed at the same time and have started pecking him away, I had a word and things have settled back down. He is just staring to spend a little less time in the garden and is looking very well, so fingers crossed he will be OK.

  

The Carrion Crow will come and visit the bird table most days, I put peanuts out for him in the evening and he will come down and fill his crop, back and forth till they are all gone.



But the other day we had a visit from a much larger bird, jet black supporting a lovely punked up hairstyle. 



I'm still not sure if it is a young Raven, (let me know if you know) never seem to get these birds right, and they do look so different close up, this one was huge compared to my crow.

Thanks to Stewart I now know it's a Carrion Crow








32 comments:

  1. Great photos Amanda and good to see the bees taking up residence. I love the different coloured roofs on those insect homes.

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    1. Thanks Ian, so pleased they have taken to them so quickly....
      Amanda xx

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  2. Beak looked a bit hooked and narrow for a raven...perhaps it was a bulked up male carrion crow??? Can't really see the tail.

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    1. Thanks Simon, have put it on iSpot, it was a large bird, just looked different to the carrion crows we get in the garden.
      Amanda xx

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  3. Lovely photos Amanda.. love your colourful bee hotels.. we have five up and they are in constant use, it's wonderful isn't it. I grew lots of Old English Thyme and each plant has been covered in bees.. I'm planning on growing more so I can have even more dotted round the edges of my borders :o) xx

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    1. Thanks Julie, I have loved watching the bees going in and out, Thyme is lovely and smells great too..
      Amanda xx

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  4. Lovely to see those bees using their new hotel :o)

    So pleased the little starling is OK- they look so vulnerable asking other birds to feed them.

    It does look Ravenish - the hooked over beak is a sign. Crows' tails are flat on the edge, like they've been cut off and their wings are blunt-ended too, where Ravens' tails are diamond shaped and longer and the wings have distinct 'fingers' to the ends. If you can get a pic of it in flight that should clinch it xx

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    1. Thanks CT, I thought Raven straight away, but not to sure now ...hope he comes back.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Your flowers are beautiful and I love the cute bee hotels. So glad to see them being used too! Wonderful photos and post. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, so pleased the bees have moved in, but they look nice if they hadn't...Hope you to have a nice weekend.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Lovely collection of photos! I'm not sure about the raven/crow! I've never (knowingly!) seen a raven, I don't think we have many around here.

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    1. Thanks Louise, looking some more as I'm not sure we have them round here too..
      Amanda xx

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  7. Your image has got me wondering. Certainly is handsome. I would guess Raven but I am not an expert.

    So pleased the bees are using your posh hotels.....why wouldn't they.

    Well done with poor little starling. I have been feeding lots of them. RSPB says they are in decline but I have definitely noticed an increase in my garden.

    Have a great weekend......garden looks pretty.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, I'm hoping it is a Raven and he does come back for a visit, when the carrion crow comes in I like to go out and have a chat with him :)
      We get a lot of Starlings they love my Cherries, they will strip the tree bare when they are just ripening up !!
      Amanda xx

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  8. Love the Straw Flower (ruby cluster) Amanda - looks a very pretty little plant. Thyme is brilliant for attracting bees - ours are covered in them :) Lovely to see the juvenile starling - hope he's left in peace now to enjoy his food. We only get visits rarely these days although I have discovered they do like home-made bird "cake" :)

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    1. Thanks RR, I still have room for some more plants in the front garden, would like it to be a wild flower garden so I could collect some seeds over the summer.
      Amanda xx

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  9. How great that so many bees have found places to bee (!!) happy already!! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy,it's nice to know I have made a difference...

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  10. Hi Amanda, your bird is a Carrion Crow. Raven has a HUGE bill and is as big if not bigger than a Buzzard. Ive never known one enter a garden, being much more a bird of open spaces...

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    1. Thanks Stewart, it's been on iSpot for two days and not one person has had a go at saying it was a crow and not a raven !
      Amanda xx

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  11. Wow, Amanda ... how exciting that those mason bees have found their new home! On your recommendation I have bought two of the Morrison's hotels, and just need to jazz them up a bit before taking them outside. The Ruby-tailed wasps seem to like being around my old delapidated insect house, but I don't know if they are actually using it as a base. I gather despite their name, they are really a species (or several) of Solitary Bee, so they won't be using a large social nest ... but they are also known as Cuckoo Wasps as they lay larvae in other insects' nests and then these presumably eat the host larvae. Thank you for your comment on my blog.

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  12. Thanks Caroline, so pleased people have been buying these bee homes, and you can't go wrong for the price of three pounds.
    Amanda xx

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  13. Lovely post Amanda - your bird is about the right size for a raven he's very handsome whatever he is. That's a nice group of flowers you have bought which the bees will love I'm sure. I still don't have any mason bees moving in but there's always hope.

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    1. Thanks Elaine, we think it is a carrion crow, as it would be quite rare to get a Raven in the garden, and their beaks are much bigger, anyway I don't mind as he was a stunning bird to see. I do like my bees and have used the excuse to go and buy some more flowers again to day, a stunning yellow foxglove...
      Amanda xx

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  14. hello there!

    always lovely to discover another British blogger.... lol

    can one obtain honey from bee hotels?!
    i#ll be grabbing some thyme shrubs for our little patio soon. i miss my herbs.

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    1. just read up and got my answer about the bees, lol. i can't believe i've never heard of these hotels. i will spread the word.

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    2. Hi Autumn M, so glad you like the bee hotels and I hope you manage to get one, if not they are easy to make with lots of ideas and videos on the internet.
      Amanda xx

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  15. So good to see the bees using their lovely colourful boxes - they have worked well.

    Great photo's and the Carrion Crow looks quite majestic somehow?

    Hope the week has started well for you.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, we are now up to six holes covered, and I thought the crow was a very handsome chap too..
      Amanda xx

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  16. Must be really exciting that the mason bees have found the bee hotels and started nest building so quickly! The young starling looks really cute - don't see the juveniles round here much, even though there are plenty of adults about. You are going to be busy with this 30 day thing! xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, really pleased the bees have taken to the hotel, and we sill have the one young chap (Starling) visiting on his own, seems to be doing OK.
      Amanda xx

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  17. Stunning images of the crow ... I feel I can see his (her?) personality :)

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