Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Garden visit

Jerusalem, Israel

Range today- 8.7-16.4 degrees C. (temperature drop as the moist westerlies cooled the air)

Today a Ring necked parakeet visited our garden! I was sitting by my pc mid afternoon when I heard a raucous 'krrurk!' from not far outside. Within seconds I was out the french window and looking around, and there it was perched on top of our willow tree. Husband managed to get one shot before it flew off to neighbouring gardens (I just viewed the pic) but the bird turned his head away that moment and I was not satisfied with the result. That's how it can go! However, the sightings were good and apart from being missing a few of his tail feathers he was a beautiful bird in great condition.

Chiffchaff also singing briefly in the garden mid afternoon. Apart from that, sunbird on the cape honeysuckle by our entrance as well as white spectacled bulbuls. Laughing doves cooing close at hand, probably in the Bauhinia or perched on building. House sparrows.

Jackdaws heard and Feral pigeons seen over the street.

Husband saw two agama lizards out today on a wall just off our street, one approaching the other.

At about 5 p.m. 14.2 degrees C. skies clear, 53%, winds WNW, 9.6

In the woods, roving bands of finches, greenfinches, also almost definitely chaffinches. Calls and some sightings of graceful warblers, chiffchaffs, Syrian woodpeckers, blackbirds. Eurasian jays, hooded crows

The large almond tree has almost lost her bridal gown already and is pretty much fully in leaf. Unfortunately we had to get home earlier today which curtailed our viewing but saw no gazelle in north or east fields, we looked. Probably off to the north west.

At Denbury Farm England, pretty much the same 'gang' showed up at the feeder:

Yesterday about 2 pm local time: Great tits, chaffinches, greenfinches, house sparrows, blue tits, coal tit and two great spotted woodpeckers as well as grey squirrels and rabbits

Today: Greenfinches, blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, coal tit, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, robin in the brief time I looked.

James Reserve, California

11.30 a.m. ~60 degrees F.

There is still some snow on the ground in some parts of the reserve though none around the main feeders and the sun is shining.

Yesterday: band tailed pigeons, purple finches, steller's jay, mourning doves, mountain chickadees, pygmy nuthatch, oregon junco.

Today so far: American crow, mountain chickadees, purple finch, mourning dove.

A hummingbird at the nectar feeder not long ago as I see from an earlier update so I kept that cam open and waited. Another just showed up at 11.45, just managed to get a couple of screenshots. It was there ~ 10 seconds. Probably Anna's.

Steller's Jay on the fatblock holder. 2 now. 3 Band tailed pigeons at the large tray feeder.

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