Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A few birds

from the last couple of months ....


Reed Bunting male

 Black-headed Gull

Lesser Redpoll .... or it could be a Mealy Redpoll


Great Spotted Woodpecker



and finally, a little bird that was sheltering in a bird hide from the freezing cold a couple of days ago.


He flew off quite happily later.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Some Tits

Great Tit first

a Marsh Tit

a Coal Tit

a Long Tailed Tit

and finally the Blue Tit

Enjoy your weekend

Monday, 18 February 2013

A Wilde day out

On Sunday, myself and Trevor headed north, to see a remarkable young man called Findlay.

Findlay is light years ahead for his age; as is his eight year old brother Harley.
Findlay enjoys all things birds, and football, amongst other things, and his brother is learning the guitar. Two young people that are a credit to their very supportive parents, Nigel and Heather.

A few days earlier, it was Findlay's 11th birthday, and for a surprise, his amazing parents had arranged a surprise for him on Sunday. A group of people, (like minded fellow bloggers, and Tweeters), were to descend upon the Wilde household, and go on a guided tour of Findlay's local patch, led by the birthday boy himself.

After intros, a tea/coffee, and chat; it was time to set off.

The assembled throng outside.

Trevor, Chris

 Kane, Heather, Harley

We were soon down by the river, and spotting soaring Buzzards, swimming Coots, and calling Herons.

A few Cormorants about too.

As we all strolled  along the river, enjoying the warm sunshine and company, someone cried out, 'Kingfisher!'

There amongst the trees alongside the river, perched a very accommodating bird.
I've never seen a Kingfisher still for so long. A perfect poser. We all managed to get plenty of pictures; even me.

Eventually he flew off, and we all carried on our way.

Of course we stopped again to have the group shots, before heading back.

Left to right: Nigel, Kane, Chris, Trevor, Andrew, Sharon, Gary, Heather, Phil, and at the front, Harley, and Findlay.

On the way back, a few more birds to spot, some more chat, and some more random pictures.

 Findlay explaining the finer points of bird ID to Trevor





Eventually we arrived back at the house, after a fantastic walk.

A tasty stew made by Nigel, was next, and very enjoyable. Yum!!!

More chatting, and then time to sing Happy Birthday to the birthday man.

 Gary, Findlay, Nigel, Phil

Time to blow out the candles on the birthday cake.

Heather, Harley, Findlay, Chris

And to finish an enjoyable day, some music from Harley.

Thank you for a wonderful day. It was a privilege to be part of a great occasion.  

Friday, 15 February 2013

The Welsh trip

I got back from Wales a couple of days ago, and as usual, had a great time, despite the snow.

(picture overload ...... sorry)

The day after I got there we had some snow, which made it too tricky to go down the track. I really need a 4X4 for when I visit here. Despite the snow though, there is plenty to see around the cottage, and in the fields.

I found this Fern growing in the fork of a tree.

The garden Buzzard.

Billy, he's always around.

Thankfully the snow didn't last long, even though the weather forecast was for more, the following day the sun came out. The weathermen are paid a lot of money to tell us what the weather is going to be, so I stayed put, and had an explore again, rather than risk getting stuck somewhere. Naturally, they got it wrong.

A few Lichens in the sun.

One of the residents took a shine to me, because she quickly worked out I had food.

Dove; the horse who thinks she's a bird.

As fast as I put food out for the birds, she found a way to get it; even when it was in a feeder. Almost as bad as the squirrels.

The birds did manage to get their share though.

Siskin on one of the feeders.



Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dove, wondering what we are doing.

I did manage to get out further a field on one day though. The RSPB reserve at Conwy, where I met up with a fellow Flickr contact.

Shelduck. There were lots of these on the estuary.

Female Goldeneye. There were plenty of these on the reserve too.

Female Red-breasted Merganser. Lots of these birds too.

And the day I left, the snow returned.

Not much to begin with, but a few miles down the road, it was like a blizzard.

A fantastic time though, and I can't wait to return.

Enjoy your weekend.