Thursday 29th November

What’s happened to the weather, cold crisp beautiful days, great !!
Yesterday we were being watched by two deer, very difficult to notice hiding in the long grass, and they spotted us first, they moved off slowly but were still in the area half an hour later.
Quite a few Teal on the long pond, soon as the temperature drops they appear.
A couple of large skeins of geese were travelling north today, probably up to the Solway.
The Greenfinch were on the feeders again, and they squabble just like the Goldfinch, using the large beak to attack the opponent.
There are lots of Wren about this year but they tend to stay hidden in the low undergrowth, but managed to take a shot of one this morning.

Bob and Bri

Monday 26th November

A cold northerly wind on top of the damp made it really penetrating, more rain during the night, further topped up the ponds, photo of first small pond on the right, only inches to go to overflow.
Snow appeared on the Old Man, took photo with small camera and also tried through the binoculars, straight through camera is better.
Sorting some of my old photos came across shots of the black cat, it was around for a few months in 2011, but only managed to catch it with the camera twice, not been seen for a long time now.

Bob and Bri

Bird Count

Well after a few trials have come up with this chart for a count of the birds on our (almost) daily walks, the count of the small birds is done at the feeder on a timespan of about 15 minutes. The others are counted en route. Hope this information will be of benefit to someone !!

Bri & Bob

Bird Count

Well after a few trials have come up with this chart for a count of the birds on our (almost) daily walks, the count of the small birds is done at the feeder on a timespan of about 15 minutes. The others are counted en route. Hope this information will be of benefit to someone !!

Bri & Bob

Saturday 24th November

The rain keeps falling, never seen the ponds so full, a few Canada Geese on the long pond but otherwise very quiet, watched a skein of geese flying north this morning, they have probably been washed out as well.
We have been seeing two male and female Bullfinches at the feeders, but this morning there were three females, also found mice or vole droppings on the feed table, thought they would be all tucked up in bed by now.
Lots of Greenfinches today at least a dozen, they were feeding on the mixed seed, niger seed and peanuts.
A few immigrant Blackbirds around now, a couple of photos attached, one had white ring on left leg.

Bob and Bri

Thursday 22nd November

Dreadfull day today,did not stop the local wildlife from being out and about,two woodcock were in the dunes north of pond 35,seeing them fairly regularly but don’t know what the attraction is for them as they are seen usually in the wet scrub area.

Put a lone short eared owl up further on looked wet and forlorn not like those sighted earlier in the month (see pic).Hope this weather picks up soon or the birds are going to suffer.

Posted by Ian

Friday 16th November

We had a pleasant surprise this morning, a Brambling at the feeders. It was still there in the afternoon, took some shots but it was really overcast and dark, not the best. Also took a shot of a male Chaffinch and you can see the difference between the two.
We are also getting a male and female Reed Bunting, managed a pic of the female on the feeder.

Bob and Bri