22 May 2018

Nesting garden birds and a good weekend



One of the enjoyable aspects of being in our Italian house is that I can see many interesting sights especially from a balcony or upstairs windows. Being Springtime the birds were very active and one day I spotted great tits flying in and out of the unused postbox that had been put in a retaining wall on the driveway before the entrance gate was installed. It's a good place for nesting activity because the box is never disturbed. When I went to get a closer look I could see that the birds had been dropping twigs inside until the space inside was filled up nearly to the slit at the top. Certainly I wanted them to continue undisturbed so my photos were taken from a distance, some of them when I had the cover of the pillared wall opposite the postbox.  Perching on the bars of the closed gate a bird would fly swiftly into the slit before swooping away again. With plenty of scope for finding grubs around the garden and the land beyond these little birds seemed to favour the cypress trees. The evergreen leaves were a good cover for them as well as a source of food.    










Thank you for your good wishes for my birthday.  I had a lovely day with our local family. The plan to go out for a meal with them was not to be. Our granddaughter had been helping a flatmate clean and move out of her flat as for some students studies and exams are over for the academic year. Our granddaughter slipped on a wet floor they had been cleaning and injured her wrist.  It turned out that when she was treated at accident and emergency it was found that she had a break on the bone below the thumb.  A temporary plaster cast was put on and our daughter went by car and brought her back home as our granddaughter couldn't, of course, travel by train as planned.  Fortunately our granddaughter had taken her last exam for this year the day before the accident. Yesterday Mr P and I went with her to our local fracture clinic as her mother was working, to have the permanent plaster cast put on and another xray was taken. Being the right hand and writing hand manoeuvrings are difficult, but now she needs to allow the break to heal with an appointment to go back to the clinic in mid June.  We're so pleased that she's been enjoying her first year at university and she was still able to be with us for my birthday. Our daughter cooked a delicious meal at her home and there was birthday cake and thoughtful gifts given, some garden related.  There will be more birthday moments to enjoy when Mr P and I see our other daughter and family at the weekend.    
I hope all is well with you.  Wishing you a good day,
Linda :) 

23 comments:

  1. Lovely photo's. I love great tits and blue tits we have even had some long tailed tits this year. Our hedge has been like a maternity ward and all the noise from the sparrows spatting with one another. The hedge really needs trimming but until the nursery becomes empty it will have to remain a little dishevelled.

    Mitzi

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    1. Thank you Mitzi. It's good to hear from you and reconnect again. The garden birds are so entertaining at this time of the year. We have sparrows bobbing up and down, in and out of the hedges here and the blackbird pairs are the ones that come into the garden seeking grubs in the lawn. I like to see them perched in the May tree that's full of blossom too. Great signs of Spring!

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  2. sorry to hear about the break, but happy to hear she finished her year at school and was able to be there for the celebration.... love you sweet little birds

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  3. Such a shame about the change of plans for your Birthday, but apart from the break sounds like a great celebration.

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    1. It was a lovely birthday. We enjoyed a quiet, relaxing evening with part of the time spent sitting outside in the sunshine as the evenings are lighter for longer now.

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  4. Thank goodness the exams were done and dusted. Great photos.

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    1. A couple of days earlier and it would have been a different story re going in to do that important last exam!

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  5. hello
    très jolie cette petite mésange , j'adore les oiseaux
    ils chantent très tôt le matin
    bisous
    j'ai changé d'adresse mail

    letreu50@gmail.com
    edith

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    1. It's good to wake up to bird song. Thank you for your new email address my friend.

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  6. encore moi
    je ne trouve pas le lieu pour enregistrer ma nouvelle adresse d'abonnement à ton blog bisous

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    1. Thank you, Edith, for letting me know there's a problem with connecting to my blog. I'm sure you'll sort out the technical issue. All the best and I'll keep in touch.

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  7. Hello,Rich Tapestry!
    Such a sweet and innocent bird...give me a smile!
    I am glad to hear everything was well done.

    Have a good day.

    I came back home last weekend.

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    1. The small garden birds are enjoyable to watch. I'm glad they're happy and one pair has found a good place to build a nest. I cannot leave a comment on your blog, but I always enjoy what you share. You and your husband like to go on long walks and you pass through beautiful areas and see fascinating ancient buildings.

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  8. Your bird photos look so lovely against all that fabulous green! Sending you lots of sun & happiness.

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    1. Thank you Riitta. Your kind thoughts are much appreciated.

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  9. What a funny place for them to nest. I love watching the birds in the garden, it's like a mini soap opera out there with all the squabbling on the feeders. Wishing you a belated happy birthday. I'm sorry to hear about your granddaughter, I hope her wrist mends quickly and isn't too sore. It's lucky that her exams were over.

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    1. The birds must feel quite secure building a nest in the unused postbox. I'm guessing they've done that before when we haven't been around. One year we came back to the uk from a trip to find robins had made a nest inside the garden hose holder hanging on the wall. That hasn't happened again, but it was lovely at the time to see the birds hatch out and then fly away. Thank you for the belated birthday wishes and kind thoughts for our granddaughter. She doing ok considering what happened and yes, very thankful that she had finished her exams for this year.

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  10. Isn't it nice to see how nature works... those small birds, I mean?
    Good luck to your granddaughter!

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    1. I'm grateful that I have the opportunity and time to observe the marvels in nature. Regarding our granddaughter's welfare after breaking a wrist bone, thank you for your kind good wishes.

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  11. Thank goodness your granddaughter had finished all her exams before the wrist break which I hope heals quickly. How wonderful the great tits have chosen such a safe home in which to nest and like you I would have enjoyed watching their comings and goings:)

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  12. The images of the Great Tits bring back very fond memories of trips to Europe, most recently just last year to Slovenia and Croati.

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  13. Oh, this post had me smiling, how lovely watching this, the pictures are just fantastic, the places birds choose to nest!!! Marvelous! I hope your granddaughter mends soon, thank goodness those exams were behind here!!!xxx

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