With a poor weather forecast and footy on the TV it was always going to be a quiet weekend! Was a bit of excitement on Friday as came downstairs just before going to work a Sparrowhawk was sitting on the lawn having taken a Sparrow!! Panicked rush around to get the camera set up but managed a couple of shots through the window before it exited left with prey!! We had multiple visits from several different Sprawks over the winter but haven't seen one for a while, it is no surprise really the garden is full of young Sparrows and Starlings visiting the feeders, easy pickings for an experienced Sprawk! The bird visited again Friday night but was unsuccessful as was my attempt to get a picture.To be fair to the Sparrows they are fast learners,no more lounging about on the feeders,it's a quick dart in and straight back to the safety of the Hawthorn!!
|Sparrowhawk taken through glass|
|Organic Butter,Golden Syrup and Light Muscavado Sugar|
|Muesli and Oat mix|
|Spend 20 minutes wrestling grease proof paper|
|Mix dry and wet ingredients and spread out into the finally subdued baking paper|
|Brief trip to the oven|
|The final product, quote from Margie "delicious 11 out of 10"|
So then the footy!! I've really enjoyed the Euros so far with some cracking matches, as an England fan I'm obviously living on my nerves but after a great performance against the Germans, I was fairly confident of a good result against the Ukraine, highly enjoyable game and our best performance so far!! Only slightly marred by me picking up an injury to my knee leaping from the sofa in celebration of the first goal!!!😏😲⚽!! I should be fit for the Semi!!!
|The Batter, Flour,Baking Powder,Sugar and Salt,mixed with Melted Butter,Eggs and Cashew Nut Milk|
|Fry in more Butter and drop in Blueberries|
|Flip em Over!!|
|Cover in Organic Maple Syrup another 11 out of 10 from Margie!!|
After a quick trip to the Garden Center where 2 plants were purchased,I decided to stakeout the Garden in the hope the Sprawk returned, it didn't😢 However some really good news was a family of Blue Tits visited the feeders, we have had a regular pair of Blue Tits visiting for years,may not be the same pair obviously,but we have never had adults feeding young before!! apart from that we had the usually Sparrows with one show a bit of Leucism, trying to get a pic of a specific Sparrow in a certain position is quite tricky!! We have our pair of Feral Pigeons including a striking white bird, they never seem to be more than a couple of feet apart. Likewise the pair of Collared Doves who are also never far apart. The peace was shattered by the arrival of the Starlings, who seem to arrive on mass for no particular reason and leave a few minutes later in the same way!
|Young Blue Tit|
|The wildlife patch|
|The "Love Birds"|
|Woodpigeon we have three visiting the garden and they are constantly fighting at the moment!!|
|The Leucistic Sparrow|
|Showing the white feathers|
|Blue Tit family|
|Parent looking harassed|