Sunday, 10 January 2021

10th January 2021

A week of cold and snow in the parish…


And a walk along the river hoping for birds pushed off the frozen local stillwaters…

...in the end, apart from three Goosander, a Little Grebe and a handful of Snipe flushed from the edge, it was largely birdless. Instead the garden was the place to be with excellent numbers of birds feeding there. This included at one point (literally)  four and twenty Blackbirds feeding in our Siberian crab apple…

And regular sightings of Fieldfare…

But more unusually small numbers of Redwings, a normally very scarce visitor to our garden…




Other birds in the garden included Treecreeper (working up the ‘trunk’ of an old rose bush), Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush and Tree Sparrow as well as four corvid species and the usual tits, finches, Starlings and Woodpigeons.

There were also three Treecreepers in the Magic Garden this afternoon along with a Woodcock. A second Woodcock was flushed from the Lower Fields.

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