Sunday, 20 January 2013

Snowy weekend

It's been a snowy weekend here in Derbyshire, so unfortunately both ringing and birding at Linacre have had to be put on hold. Thankfully though I have a very well stocked garden feeding station, so I've spent quite a few hours sitting in the warmth of my living room, with a cup of tea and my binoculars in hand, enjoying the birds and getting some interesting records for the BTO's Garden Birdwatch Scheme.

Snowy garden

We always have good numbers of Goldfinch on the feeders, so today's count of 16 was very nice, but normal. More unusual were the 2 Song Thrushes that managed to grab some food before being scared off by the Blackbirds, 16 Woodpigeons that discivered the sunflower hearts I'd put out. Normally we have around 2 or 3, but word has obviously got round in woodpigeon circles! Also present today were 15 Blackbirds, including one that took over control of the patio area and water supply, 4 Greenfinch, 5 House Sparrows, 1 Starling, a fly-over Sparrowhawk, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Carrion Crow, 3 Redwings (briefly in the trees at the bottom of the garden), 2 Coal Tits, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tits, a flock of 8 Long-tailed Tits that fed briefly on the fat balls, 7 Chaffinches and a single Lesser Redpoll.

Unfortunately no photos again. I still haven't managed to find out what's going on with Blogger, but hopefully I will soon!

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