A Winter High

High pressure has been sitting over Europe. Temperatures across the continent have plummeted and a week ago the UK joined the party. With daytime temperatures rarely above freezing and clear night skies bringing minus double figures, the two doses of snow have remained on the ground, giving a crisp white…

more

A kestrel on the wing

A day pottering in the garden was very much in the company of our local birdlife, as fledglings and adults of all manner of species visited during the day.The garden ‘day’ list in fact numbered 19 – blue tit, great tit, coal tit, greenfinch, goldfinch, blackbird, pied wagtail, wood pigeon,…

more

Fledglings and Flyers

The Great Tit and Blue Tit fledglings have spenr a lot of their time around the feeding station this week, regularly joined by a flock of Goldfinches that approaches double figures, a Nuthatch family and some Greater Spotted Woodpeckers. With the England v USA World Cup to look forward to…

more

Exodus

I moved one of our nest-boxes back in February and placed it behind our apple tree. In early spring it looked conspicuous and I wondered whether the tits would take to it. Even at the beginning of May the box stuck out like a sore thumb. However a pair did…

more

A good substitute for football

For almost 3/4 of the year my Saturday mornings are taken up by coaching and managing an U12s girls football team. They are a great bunch and exceptionally talented, having won the Cambridgeshire League and Cup double last season. However, due to the weather this winter we have up to…

more

First pictures of our garden’s Sparrowhawk

High drama on a grey and chilly day in Barwick! The honeysuckle has been full of birds as usual as the Blue, Coal, Marsh and Great tits continue their almost dawn ’til dusk procession to and fro to the feeders. Sometimes there are remarkably high numbers – I counted 20+…

more

The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch – Jan 2010

I’ve blogged my results for this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch so I know where they are for comparison next! I can’t find my results from last year, but this year it felt the numbers and variety of sightings were a little lower. Living in a rural location with regularly…

more

A few birds from the weekend

A few shots of birds from close to the house this weekend. Chaffinch (female) – fringilla coebs Chaffinch (male) – fringilla coebs Kestrel (female) – falco tinnunculus Blue tit – parus caeruleus

more

The Kitchen Window List – updated

The start of the football season, busy times at work and the shortening of the autumn days have restricted my blogging activities. When opportunities to get out with the camera are limited I can always rely on watching the birds in the garden. As I stood looking out at the…

more