Thursday 2nd February

Unfortunately we have not posted any blogs lately, the weather has been terrible, not much to report except the ground is water logged.

Over the last few weeks, the cows have been wandering off the reserve, probably due to a lot of the fences being in poor repair and at the moment the cows have all been removed.

Due to the poor light, taking photos has been restricted but today the sun was out, and so was the full moon, one photo attached, but unfortunately there was no foreground to show the perspective.

At the feeders, this year has been the best for Bullfinch photos attached one with ten in the shot.

No unusual birds to report, the Goldfinch have only just started to feed on the Niger seed, a couple of Jays are always first to arrive to pick up the peanuts. Water Rail and Woodpecker have not been heard or seen this season.

Bob and Bri

Storm Damage 3rd Jan

The storm has severely weakened the path, as can be seen in the photos. Before it hit, the beach pebbles were level with the path and now they have been washed away and the path undercut up to 3 feet in places. Building the stone barrage to protect the chalets has achieved one problem but created another, it’s only a matter of time and the wall protecting the field will be undermined.

A couple of other shots attached, one of four Skylarks feeding in the field behind the wall and another of the Memorial gate with the sun rising.

Bob and Bri

Tuesday 12th Dec

The ice on the ponds has thickened up to approximately 25mm, all the ducks, swans and cygnets on the long pond, have been confined to an area about ten foot in diameter. See photographs, hopefully.

Bob and Bri

Clear Crisp Day

The Isle of Man or could be the Isle of White, was clearly visible this morning and so were the mountains in Wales, see photos.

Our own mountains were covered in snow and looked very picturesque, photo taken across the field with cows in the foreground, it was cold last night but they will have to endure a colder one tonight.

We also passed a couple of Mistle Thrush on posts at the bottom end of the long pond.

Bob and Bri

Sunday 3rd December

As mentioned last week there are a couple of Jays following the feeders but only one visits at a time, and this morning we counted the peanuts eaten at each visit as follows, 12, 15 and 15, whether it’s the same or two different birds, it still a lot of peanuts.

A Cormorant was having a good wash in the fishing pond before taking off, see photos.

Bob and Bri

At the feeders

With this cold snap the birds are eager to get to the feeders and can’t wait for us to leave, see few photos of the usual suspects, we also had a couple of Greenfinches, first this season, but were very wary and did not come down to the feeders, but luckily we saw one on the way back and managed a photo.

In the past we have seen quite a few Chaffinches with legs badly infected with fungus but today we saw our first Male Bullfinch, the photo is not brilliant but the fungus can still be seen.
On the square pond, a Little Egret, Heron and three Cormorants were all hoping for an early morning catch, just managed a shot of the Heron and one of the Cormorants.

Bob and Bri

First Snow of 2017/2018 winter

Thia weekend brought the first snow and most has now washed away but a little still remains on the highest tops.

The Bullfinches have returned to the feeders, we counted 6 males and 4 females the other day, a couple of photos today of 4 and 3 respectively.

Bob and Bri