Just taking a rest from all this courting business…and, of course, checking out your productivity!!!
I do believe you are spying on me..! A beautiful little Dunnock, and it’s mate, has taken up residence in our garden! I am blown away to discover a breed of bird I had never heard of before, and also, that they have chosen to use our garden as a mating/playground! I feel exhausted just watching their courtship rituals and dances!!
At first, I thought it was a sparrow, though it’s behaviour is completely different and it’s certainly not shy about sharing its fun!!!
A brief moment of catching their breath!! As I stitched merrily away on my latest creation, I was, time and again, distracted by a pair of flitting birds doing the most twitchy little dance on a couple of our garden chairs, right outside my workspace! (The chairs are positioned so as not to let our dog keep nosying at our neighbours whilst the fence panel is down due to their renovations.) The first couple of sightings led me to think we had a couple of sparrows, but, after their continued antics around the garden, I knew they must be another type of bird! So off I went to investigate my poor photography! (Pics taken through the windows of my conservatory)
In comparison, sparrows are quite sedate, I’d never seen such a courtship display!!!….to find out more about the why’s and wherefores….
I believe this to be the male of the species…purely because of the other one dipping and tipping it’s tail so much for courtship…but, He does seem to be interested quite a lot on what I’m making too!!!
I’m looking forward to seeing their imminent offspring as well in a few more weeks!
Mrs P said:
I must admit in my ignorance I would have presumed it to be a sparrow !!!
My how fortunate to have your abode witness such rituals ….has Dearest taken the courtship dance on board yet ??
I have to confess to feelings brought about by the Green Eyed Monster, firstly at having David Attenborough antics in your own back garden, secondly having time and space to work on your up coming project and thirdly have you been having SUN down your way ????????
Love the photos ….David Bailey you have competition LOL
Thanks so much, 🙂 I even surprised myself the pics came out so well! We really do have an abundance of different bids nesting in our garden this year, amazing for a relatively small space! Though, apart from the small gap, being filled by the deck chairs, it is filled with trees and hedges. The holly tree is now home to a couple of Magpies in a huge nest, I was quite surprised they managed to keep their home, as a huge Raven took a shine to it as they were building – it was quite funny to watch it ‘plonk’ in the nest as if trying for size! When it brought its partner for inspection I really did think the Magpies would have to vacate!! Blue tits are back again in the bird house Dearest made some 20 years ago(I like to think it has been a succession of generations from the same family), a pair of Robins and now this little pair! I’m in danger of becoming a twitcher…LOL I know…what a shock…sunshine!!! It was only a temporary glitch in the sky though…hopefully it might be back by June ;-/
Mrs P said:
WOW, crafter, designer, creator, artist ….and now twitcher, Bill Oddie will be round at yours before the day is out signing you up to RSPB (if you are not an honorary member already) The Jackdaws have been investigating the apartments available for the summer season at ours, Mrs Blackbird has been wrestling K9 for stale bread and the local Delinquent Squirrel has been round looking for it’s stash of goodies that he laid away in storage in Beloveds man cave, the confrontation between Beloved & Delinquent was rather amusing as both were in shock at the others nerve for spacial invasion …..Delinquent won 🙂
Goodness…you make me sound exciting LOL.. like I should have a cap for each activity – I do believe there is a daffy duck hat in our son’s cupboard from when he was little, maybe that would be perfect for twitching 😀 ??
It sounds quite the hive of activity in your grounds too!!! The man cave might never be the same again…having a territorial Delinquent in charge LOL!
Mrs P said:
Now I have an image of you stalking the local wild life in a daffy duck hat….that should do your reputation of a cool headed business woman the power of good 🙂 the ‘Village Ladies’ will be green with envy when I tell them about this years must have accessory,
LOL…as a back up ( in case I upset the local wild life) I have a reserve ‘Goofy’ hat also in my son’s cupboard….I’m sure it would confuse them, more than frighten them LOL!! 😉
Mrs P said:
🙂 🙂 🙂 What you should have done was hide said hats in the garden taken photos and done an Aprils Fool Day blog about the Disney creatures that have taken up residence in you garden.
We have SUNSHINE this morning, and the Skylarks were out so spring must be officially here Woo Hoo
Hope your menagerie of exotic feathered friends are living the high life over at yours
LOL !!…If only I’d thought of that 😉
It would appear sunshine happiness has spread to your neck of the woods at last too 😀 The birds are in full voice again today, which is lovely to listen to as all the windows and doors are wide open – just how I like it!! 🙂
How wonderful to be able watch this bird and its mate so close! I do hope you will keep us posted on how the happy family is doing. 😀
I shall have to keep my camera close by from now on!
..what utterly amazed me today, firstly, we sat out in the sunshine (It made a wonderful change)!! Andy’s parents came to visit, and while all four of us sat on the decking, the pair of Dunnocks came and sat, not four feet away, singing to one another on the pergola, they don’t seem at all intimidated with human presence, so I hope to be able to get better shots of them without the glass between us! 🙂
It’s amazing how adaptable animals are – humans could learn a lot from animals. 😉 If you do take more photos I hope you plan on posting them. 😀
You are so correct there Jackie, sometimes it seems everything, apart from humans, in nature is so adaptable….and yet, we seem to be stuck too much in our ways to go more readily with the flow!!
If I manage to capture any more half decent shots I will for sure post with any updates 😉
I could agree more! It seems as though the modern world has become disconnected from nature. Such a shame.
I know, if only…..we knew where to rewind to make amends!!!
Now that would be awesome if we could do that! Unfortunately, there are no do-overs in this case.
You know….If we could only find that elusive magic wand we could probably fix 90 + % of the world’s problems with our wishes!!
It’s true! 😉