A dull day with a sting in the tail

Sudbury from gardens

Today’s guest picture shows Sudbury Hall in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.  It was visited by my brother Andrew.

Sudbury from gardensWe had another dry day today for which we were suitably grateful but as it came without the benefit of any sunshine, it was rather gloomy and slightly chilly.

I started the day by going up to the Moorland Feeders to act as a substitute feeder filler.  The midges were out in force but luckily I had been warned by Sandy about their presence and I was well protected by insect repellent and was able to sit in the hide for a while.

The chaffinches were out in force as usual.

chaffinches
The pole is suffering from its wood being pecked by woodpeckers.

It was too gloomy for long shots so I waited until birds were kind enough to perch near the hide.  There was nothing unusual but quite a pleasing variety of subjects.

chaffinchgreat titgreenfinchrobin

blue tit

I wasn’t sure about this last one.  Is it a not fully fledged robin?.

possible robinI began to get nipped by the midges so I didn’t stay too long.  There was an interesting wild flower outside…

wild flower…which I didn’t recognise at all.

I was a bit tired in the morning as I haven’t been sleeping as well as I would like so I spent a lazy time when I got home doing nothing more energetic than putting a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database and solving an entertaining crossword to pass the time.

I did go out and walk round the garden with Mrs Tootlepedal at one stage.

poppy
Poppy of the day.  Her packet of seeds has produced some real winners.
Lilian Austin
Lilian Austin has a final fling
Japanese anemone
A Japanese anemone repays a close look

There are still a lot of clematis in flower.

clematisclematisI was a bit upset to see that a gang of siskins have discovered the new feeder….

siskins…as they may put off the intended blue tit visitors.  Time will tell.

But I was pleased to see that the sedum is coming along nicely…

sedum…and if we get some sun again, it should bring in the butterflies.

I got waylaid after lunch by watching the Tour of Britain on the telly but finally got organised enough to get some cycling of my own done.  This didn’t last long though, as after a couple of miles I was stung on the face by an insect that wasn’t looking where it was going.  I have had some bad reactions to bee stings in the past and although I didn’t know what it was that had stung me, my face got rather sore so I turned round and headed for home just in case.

In the event, a dab of anti histamine cream seemed to be enough to calm things down but I took this as a hint not to do too much and consequently did nothing at all for the rest of the day.  I don’t like wasting time not doing things but every now and again there comes a time when idleness may be a virtue for a creaking antique such as myself.

The bright spot of the late afternoon was a chance to catch a coal tit at our feeder.  There has been at least one visiting the garden quite often but they are great ‘flitters about’ and hard to catch so this was a bonus.

coal titI hope I see it again when the light is better.

Dropscone is coming for coffee tomorrow so I will hear about his mountaineering adventures and I hope that I will have some good pictures of the mountain to show.

Today’s flying bird is a chaffinch.  There’s a surprise.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

30 thoughts on “A dull day with a sting in the tail

  1. The flying bird of the day and your witty comment made me laugh. I loved all the birds that you took from the hide, a wonderful gallery of pictures.

  2. Your juvenile robin is indeed such. A year ago I took an injured one to a wildlife rescue centre, having told them I was bringing a ‘wren’ in. I was put right on my identification in no uncertain terms.

  3. I think your unknown plant is in the smartweed (Polygonum) family. We have a very similar one here which we call tear thumb (Polygonum sagittatum) because the small barbs on the stem will do just that.
    That’s a nice macro of the anemone with great detail.
    I used to get stung all the time as a gardener so I can sympathize.

  4. Sorry about the sting. You were wise to go home. Over the years my reactions to bee stings have increased. I’m not at the stage where I need to carry an injector yet but I certainly try to avoid being stung.
    The detail of the Japanese anemone is certainly worth a revisit. Beautiful.
    Thank you for the lovely collection of bird pics. I’m really starting to recognise bird species from your blog now. I’m very fond of your robins and chaffinches. It is a shame about the siskins discovering the other feeder. I hope the pretty little blue tits still visit. Still no rain! 🙂

  5. The image of the Japanese anemone is the winner today, at least in my opinion. Better safe than sorry, taking precautions after being stung. I’m lucky in that I don’t have bad reactions as some people do, but just a bee sting is painful enough to make me more careful.

  6. Glad the sting didn’t have too bad an effect – bad luck that it stopped your ride.
    Loved the robin of course and what turns out to be a young one – I thought so from its beady eye.

  7. Your unknown wildflower looks like a Persicaria sp. There’s a cultivated one, Persicaria orientalis, with the wonderful name of “Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate”

  8. We have Persicaria maculosa here near New York, too, but call it spotted lady’s thumb. NH Garden Solutions is correct, though, too, as Polygonum persicaria is the old name for it.

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