Pecking order

Tony's dogs

Today’s guest picture is another from our older son’s visit to Anstruther and shows that he took his friends with him.

Tony's dogs

Another of the regular Moorland bird feeders was away on holiday today so I had a second opportunity this week to act as a fill-in feeder filler so I went up after breakfast to do my duty.  If the weather is good, which it was today, the duty is also a pleasure as it gives me a chance to sit in the hide and watch the birds.  We are not feeding birds in the garden at present so it is an extra pleasure to do a little bird watching from the comfort of the hide.

I had a good variety of birds to watch today.  There was a host of siskins….

siskins

…but only one greenfinch and tree sparrow that I could  see.

tree sparrow and greenfinch

Either a jay paid several visits of several jays paid one visit each but one way or the other, there were plenty of opportunities for jay watching.  (I was hoping to get a shot of jay walking but alas, no.)

Jay

There were a very few blue and great tits about…

blue tit great tit

…but I didn’t see a coal tit today at all.

My chief entertainment came from some very obliging woodpeckers who came up close to the hide and stayed nice and still and sometimes even ‘watched the birdie’.

My Lumix was on its best behaviour after having refused to work at all and it came in handy.  (It knows that I have ordered a new camera. Too late now.)

greater spotted woodpecker

The one in the bottom left corner was the first arrival.  The other three pictures are all of another bird which arrived twenty minutes later.

After our recent warm weather, it was a lot cooler today and I began to feel a little chilly and left the woodpeckers to it and came home.

I had a cup of coffee, did the crossword and then went out into the garden to see what Mrs Tootlepedal was up to and to take a picture or two while I was out there.

Mrs Tootlepedal was busy planting out new flowers and I looked at some old friends.

Rosa Wren and Rosa Mundi
Rosa Wren and Rosa Mundi

A Rodgersia and a Spirea had a competition to see which could pack most flowers into the smallest space.

Rodgersia and Spirea
I think that the Rodgersia won

At lunchtime, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to help out at the Buccleuch Centre which was putting on a show for children and I had some potato soup and cheese to get my strength up and went out and mowed the greenhouse grass and the drying green and then sieved some compost.

There was a lot of buzzing so I paused from time to time to look at the cotoneaster and the astrantia which are still attracting a lot of interest.

bees

Mrs Tootlepedal came back and got straight down to some more planting and tidying and I lent a hand and did some dead heading and tidying of my own.   I even did some weeding on the middle lawn.   The large amount of grass and flower pollen floating about at the moment is not helping my breathing so any work I do is done at a very gentle pace with regular visits indoors for a little rest.  Mrs Tootlepedal on the other hand just carries on regardless.  She is a human dynamo in the garden.

She notices things too and called my attention to a red admiral butterfly sunning itself on a path.

red admiral butterfly

Like the woodpeckers earlier in the day, it sat very still for its portrait.

red admiral butterfly
I love the little torches it has sticking out of its head.

I took a last set of flower pictures….

melancholy thistle
Melancholy thistle, Martagon Lily and just about the last pale blue Iris Siberica

…and then we went off shopping to stock up on food and supplies.  By great fortune, our food shopping managed to include some scones and clotted cream.  We are not quite certain how this happened but we managed to get rid of them when we got home by eating them with the recently made strawberry jam.  We haven’t had a cream tea for ages so this was a real treat.

I was considering an evening cycle ride in the hope that the wind, which had been boisterous all day, would have died down by then but the fresh wind persisted so I went for a walk instead.

It was a lovely evening as long as you could keep out of the wind.  I chose a sheltered route and enjoyed my stroll a great deal.

I divided my attention between things that were close….

slow worms at Pool Corner
A heap of slow worms at Pool Corner
yellow wild flower
I would welcome a suggestion as to what this pretty flower might be called

….things that were a bit further away…

A sandpiper on the Esk
A sandpiper on the Esk
Stables on the Stubholm
Stables on the Stubholm (Arty shot)

….something that was quite far away…

The round house seen from Easton's Walk
The round house seen from Easton’s Walk

…and some views.

Wauchope graveyard and Warbla in the background
Wauchope graveyard and Warbla in the background
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Stubholm and Whita Hill
Stubholm House and Whita Hill

It was a much better choice than battering into a strong wind on my bike and getting depressed.

Mrs Tootlepedal had had her tea and was back out in the garden trimming hedges when I got home.

In a vain effort to improve my brain power, I had fish cakes for tea.  It hasn’t helped my typing.  I could get the blog done in half the time of i didn’t have to correct eevry other wird.

The flying bird of the day is the jay seen from a distance……

flying jay

…and I normally would have been quite happy to finish a post with it it but it is outshone today, in my view, by a relaxed greater spotted woodpecker.

greater spotted woodpecker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

26 thoughts on “Pecking order

  1. So I’m not the only on has to correct avery other word!
    I thknk your mystery flower may be a hypericum. (My typing’s not ususlly as accurate as his.)

  2. The Red Admiral was quite cooperative. Those do look like torches coming out of its head! Good to see the slow worms again, too. We don’t have those here.

    96 degrees F here this afternoon. The real heat of summer started yesterday.

  3. I was going to say hypericum or St. John’s wort for the unknown flower as well.
    I couldn’t let a name like Melancholy thistle go by without knowing where it came from so I did some reading and found that it comes from the potion which was once made from it to cure melancholia. It’s an old time anti depressant.
    I’m glad the Lumix is working again. It worked wonders on the flowers, the views and especially the woodpeckers.

    1. I have heard it suggested that it is because there is a single flower on each stem so it is melancholy from lonliness but doubtless yours is the better suggestion. The Lumix did do well on the woodpeckers.

  4. A word of caution, don’t let the new Lumix near the old one, they will collaborate and both work and not work at the same time.

    There are almost too many great images in this post, the flowers and the landscapes almost made me forget the great shots of the woodpeckers at the beginning of this post.

  5. So much fun to photos of birds that we don’t have in Maine. I must say, those “worms” looked an awful lot like snakes. And, yes, typos happen. Sigh.

      1. Legless lizards! I didn’t know such creatures existed. Thanks for the illumination.

  6. Beautiful woodpecker photos. They are young Greater Spotteds as you no doubt already know and haven’t yet learnt to be scared of kindly bird watchers.

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