Mrs Pheasant

Today’s main picture is a female Pheasant eating birdseed from the feeder stand. Not only was she eating the seed herself, but was dropping some down to her mate below. When another male tried to get in on the act, her male chased it away. She has made several trips to the feeder, as has a squirrel, no wonder they need filling up so often. The extra shows that Mrs Pheasant has been displaced while the squirrel has its breakfast.

Earlier this morning there were three ducks in the garden, they are not very frequent visitors while the pond is empty. They appeared to be interested in the small wildlife pond where the frogspawn has been laid. Fortunately this pond has a wire top so they cannot get into the pond or eat the frogspawn. The pair of Mallards left, but the unattached female Mallard stayed for a while. As well as the Pheasants fighting, this female Mallard attacked a Crow, which had got too close, the unattached male Pheasant joined in and between them forced the to crow fly away. Clearly I have not been very busy this morning having observed all the activity.

Orange Tip Butterfly

I am reliably informed, by iSpot, that today’s picture is an Orange Tip Butterfly, (Anthocharis cardamines) belonging to the Pieridae family; I have also included a second picture looking down on it. It does not look like the Orange Tip butterflies I have seen before, but this might be the difference between males and females. At the end of this text, there is some information taken from species.nbatlas.org

I saw this butterfly in my front garden after I returned home from our GP surgery with my husband. He had the staples removed from his knee and a new dressing put on, just until the holes where the staples have been heal. I also have a new gadget, a plastic thing, which helps me to put the TED stockings on. I had a practise on his good leg while I was at the surgery!

Orange Tip ButterfliesOnly male orange-tip butterflies actually have orange tips to their forewings; females have black or greyish wing tips (1). In both sexes, the undersides of the hindwings have a dappled pattern of yellowish-black scales, which provides good camouflage when the butterfly is at rest amongst vegetation (2). The caterpillar reaches 3 cm in length, and is pale bluish- or greyish-green with white sides. The whole body is peppered with fine black spots (3).

My Husband and the Mallard

As my husband is having his left-knee replaced on Thursday we decided that a day out in Cambridge would be a good idea, especially as he will be incapacitated for a while. Today’s picture is of him taking a picture of one of the colleges. I have also included an extra, which I particularly liked.

We started with breakfast in Harriet’s Tea Rooms, followed by a walk around the town, by the river and along The Backs. We stopped for coffee and cake at the University Centre, before coming home.

The weather forecast said it would rain, but although it was overcast it did not rain until we arrived home at about 1600 hours.

Flying Pheasant

Flying

As rain was forecast today I decided that I would defrost the fridge and the freezer. All went well with defrosting the fridge until I bent back the nail on my left-hand. As I have had acrylic on my nails for a while they are very soft, so they bent easily. Unfortunately it was hard enough to make a gash in my thumb. First aid was rendered by my husband, but I decided to finish defrosting the fridge and leave the freezer for tomorrow.

After lunch I read some of my book and tried to knit, but the pain and the dressing on my thumb prevented me from knitting, even something as simple as a six-inch square.

Today’s picture is of a male pheasant, I think it is James, as he took off from one of our small walls in the upper garden.

It was dry during the morning, but rained during the afternoon and evening.

Mr and Mrs Blackbird

Today’s main picture is of a male Blackbird, his mate is included as an extra. These two were taking turns at this hanging bird table, but I did not see them together. Today’s pictures were taken through a none too clean kitchen window!

It has been dull, wet and cold all day; not the best weather to start the New Year. I do not make New Year resolutions, but I do intend to lose the last three kilos, hopefully before too long, which will take me to the weight I want to be. However, there are still a lot of interesting items of food in the house, such as chocolates and cake so I think it might be a while before I manage to do so.

What else will the year contain, well one thing is for sure, there will be many trips to Addenbrookes Hospital with my husband. Maybe the house will be completed and I will have a kitchen once again.

On the first of January I usually look back over my journal for the previous year and give some figures about what I have posted during the year. When I first began blipping, someone said that my journal was boring and consisted of 90% flowers. Well this year it consisted of 20% of flower pictures, with 9% showing cats and 8% for birds. These figures seem quite low compared to other years so maybe my tagging system has gone wrong! This year I will also tag, ‘wild animals’ and ‘Cambridge’; if I remember!

Male Pheasant

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It was raining when I took this picture of one of our male Pheasants, he was down at the bottom of the garden near the pond; this was taken through the end kitchen window. The leaves of one of our apple trees frames him slightly and I was surprised that I had managed to get him in focus.

Then I went to Saffron Walden with my daughter to have my nails done and after returning home for lunch, did some work. Other than a few drops of rain this morning it has been dry, but quite cold; this afternoon it has rained again.