Birds Garden

Female blackcap all fluffy clean

A female blackcap having a bit of a fluff up (having had a quick dip in the water bowl on the wicker chair)

This might be the female blackcap who was in the garden last winter.

Flown all the way back from Scandanavia to be in Torquay again.

Can’t resist them fatballs!

Filming: Haze Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet


A couple of Chaffinches

For the last 3 or 4 years a chaffinch, every early summer, has been singing away outside my bedroom window. Day after day, from first thing in the morning through to last thing at night, the chaffinch sings chaffinchly on and on and on.

But he’s too hidden away for me to see (or film)

This vid shows 2 separate instances of chaffinches being spotted.
Once, very visibly, at a friends feeders on Dartmoor: a distinctively coloured adult male.
The second, is of a female filmed up at Tessier Gardens from nearly 2 years ago. Less brightly coloured than the male, and creeping half hidden along the edge of the grass, but no less delightfully (or excitedly) seen.

Filming: Haze Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet

Sparras chewin the fat

Sparrows doing what sparrows do.
Squabbling, spit spatting, chirping their chatty heads off.
And chewin the fat (balls)

This is now a few days on from last weeks Major Incident: The Sparrowhawk Visitation.

We’re pretty sure it slaughtered a sparrow. And given how many sparrows are still bouncing about on the feeders, its fairly likely this Sparrowhawk will visit (and kill) again.

But these sparrows don’t appear to have been spooked.
They seemingly don’t mind.
They apparently don’t care.
They’ve probably completely forgotten the murderous devastation that happened to one of their brethren last week.
They bithely blether on. Mindless little pluckers.

Filming: Haze Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet

A Sparrowhawk Comes To Feed

Look at what is sitting in the willow as calm and cool as you like

Sparrowhawk 5 Dec 2018

A Sparrowhawk. Yes, I’ll just say that again in capital letters with an excited flurry of exclaimation marks – a SPARROWHAWK!!!!!

Sparrowhawk 6 Dec 2018

A sparrowhawk with a rather full belly.
Because its just hooked, plucked, ripped, and gobbled down a sparrow.

And now its looking over here – straight at you

Sparrowhawk 7 Dec 2018

Directing its fierce piercing gaze towards the back door

Sparrowhawk 8 Dec 2018

What big eyes she’s got this Mississ Sparrowhawk

And now she’s wondering

Sparrowhawk 1 Dec 2018

Who is looking at her. And whats that thing they’re pointing at her.

It was Haze who was pointing the thing (camera).
Filming what this sparrowhawk has been getting up (or getting down) to for the last 20 minutes.

Here is the edited video (with Haze’s commentary) of this extraordinary visitor to her back garden.

Film & Commentary: Haze Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet

Footnote (clawed): As there are a glut of sparrows coming into the feeders lately, this sparrowhawk will probably be returning soon for more Xmas dinners.

All you little birdies had better be – Beware!

A Pair of Nutters

These are not Hazey Daze Cafe birds, but filmed from the feeders of friends (who live on Dartmoor)

There are a pair of great spotted woodpeckers (the male can be distinguished by a big red spot on the back of his head)

And a nuthatch doing its unmistakable upside down ‘nutty’ nutting

(blue and great tits are also flitting in and out)

Filming: Haze Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet

Bless You Blackbird

There’s been no blackbird in the back garden since August.

Had they abandoned, forsaken, us?
No. This fit young chap suddenly appeared at dawn yesterday.

Haze was overjoyed.
Never has a blackbird been more wanted, more welcome.

A portent perhaps of hopeful things, and happier times, to come.

‘Bless you blackbird’ indeed.

Filming (& crying): Hazel Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet