My life, like many other people’s, is currently very much ‘indoors’. And a lot of that life is spent in a virtual ‘outdoors’ via Truck and Hunting simulations. However, there is always the window on the world outside and nature is gearing up for the birth of new life. Birds and animals are pairing up and some already have young. There’s a lot of activity to watch and sometimes photograph. Let me share a few photos from last week.

The Tits have been very active with Blue’s and Great’s coming to my window sill. Here is one of the Blue Tit’s that happily flitted back and forth despite me sitting right next to the window…

The Robin is a little more circumspect, watching with care before making a lightning fast smash & grab…

The Squirrels come every day at various times and, if the food has been hoovered up by the Feral and Wood Pigeons, sometimes tap on the window and look through the glass at me. I’m not sure how much they can actually see – they certainly see nowhere near as well as the Pigeons who observe my every move no matter how far back from the window I am! Here’s one of my regular Squirrel visitors approaching to get some nuts I’ve just put out…

My entry for Nancy’s Challenge this week. It was the first bright morning we’ve had in a while and I took the chance to photograph a couple of the birds visiting our garden feeders…

Starlings…

and Ring-necked Parakeets…

Starlings are on the RSPB’s Red list as a species in severe decline. Ring-necked Parakeets are a naturalised species expanding their range and this is the first time they’ve actually visited the feeders in my garden.

There’s always one who’s late to the party! Just after I finished this post the Jay’s popped in. Here’s a couple of bonus shots 🙂 …

… Jay’s are UK residents and not considered to be at risk. As members of the Crow family, they’re also highly intelligent 🙂

It’s very much spring and the nesting season in London. Our garden see’s many bird species foraging in the undergrowth, shrubs and the Rowan tree. We’ve sometimes played host to nesting birds too. Years back I had a nest box which was used by Blue Tit’s who successfully fledged 4 out of 5 nestlings. More recently we’ve had Robins nesting twice – once in the old outside toilet and once in my shed. Remember this baby photo?

The old nest box that the Blue Tit’s used gave up the ghost a long time ago. At the time there was a great deal of concern about the collapse of the House Sparrow population in the UK so I bought a Sparrow sized communal nest box and mounted that on the wall. The Sparrows have never used it though I’m glad to say they’ve been using a hole in the eaves of the house at the front regularly over the last few years and there is now quite a healthy small flock that spends a lot of the day in a neighbour’s hedge.

Up until this year the only species to use the nest box for brood purposes was a type of Bumble Bee! Other than that it’s been home to various spiders and other creepie-crawlies. But this year we had a surprise – there is a brood of Great Tit’s growing in the nest box. Here are some images of the adults delivering food to the infants…

It’s a bit of a struggle getting these images because Great Tit’s are small and fast. Additionally I’m having to shoot from my Son’s bedroom so as not to disturb the birds as they go about their business and that’s quite a distance from the nest box. So apologies for the grain, blur and limited detail in these shots. It’s much easier when you’re shooting stationary birds in a tree or you’ve got a 500mm Telephoto on an EOS 1DX 😉