This time last year, almost to the day, Mrs Blackbird was making a nest. The video ‘Mrs Blackbird gets her beak dirty’ confirms it.
The difference between last year and this year is that the nest being made now appears to be actually in the garden. Nestled somewhere deep within the winter jasmine bush behind the new apple tree.
Mrs Blackbird was rushing around in a frenzy. As if carrying eggs that were in urgent need of being laid.
Mr Blackbird mostly sat watching, on lookout, letting her get on with it. He’ll be required to be diligent supplier of worms and caterpillars in a couple of weeks time.
Exciting, and slightly nerve-wracking, times ahead!
Filming: Hazel Brown; Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet
This is a Lovely Lady.
She called a Hazel.
This is a buzzy Bee
It called a Mason.
The Hazel and The Mason decided to have a little chat.
Words & Vid: Ian Nisbet
Sketch & Calligraphy: Hazel Brown; Poem: Robert Browning
A beautiful spring day to take a stroll in Tessier Gardens. A quiet park filled with a variety of trees and flowering shrubs, flower beds bursting with tulips, daffodils, primroses and bluebells.
Birdsong echoes around the park, bumblebees… zig zagging lazily humming .. busily buzzing everywhere and anywhere, exploring this sun-filled warm afternoon.
Time out to sit and sketch … a flask of tea… and I am totally surrounded and absorbed by these magnificent trees!
Sketch & Words: Hazel Brown
This crow has been raiding the back garden for months now.
Beakfuls of bread get lifted off the birdtable and stolen away.
Even has a go at the fatballs. But can’t quite manage to get his feet right.
Filming: Hazel Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet
Up at Labrador Bay male wrens were bouncing out of the hedges. Their loud strident calls were just about audible over the horrible din of traffic from the road behind.
I’ve put those clips together with the few clips of the wren we’ve seen infrequently furtling around in the back garden this winter.
So finally, at last, here is a small film of these neat little wrens with their dapper tailed bottoms. Priceless. Precious. Invaluable.
Filming: Hazel Brown (mostly); Vid: Ian Nisbet
Off early to Labrador Bay Nature Reserve this Sunday morning. See if we can get a better look at those curly buntings.
We can. The buntings, a dozen or more, come bunt bunting about right in front of us. We can hardly keep up with them with our cameras.
We’re both completely absorbed, delightfully enthralled, totally thrilled.
Like bandits in the barley are these chubbly cirl buntings.
It feels like that time we were filming red darter dragonflies up at Tessier Gardens. Like we’ve been gifted something magical and marvelous to delight in together.
We filmed wrens hopping about in the hedgerows too, belting out their short sharp songs above the din of the cars on the road behind (a vid of them is in the next post)
A Gold Medal Moment morning.
Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet