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

Latest on the Cygnets

We thought at one time they were going to split up but It seems the six cygnets are still happy to stay together, but no doubt mam and dad will be giving hints very shortly.

A couple of Jays have been a frequent visitor to the feeders, a couple of photos of one is attached.

Bob and Bri

Cygnets on the move

The six local cygnets have been flying for some time now, but were grounded for a while during the strong winds. This morning after one of their explorations, they arrived back at the fishing pond, see photo,

Two small flights of Whoopers, one of four and the other of nine, passed over this morning, probably see a few more over the next few good weather days.

Still a few Stonechats about caught a couple this morning.

Bri

A Great Sunrise

The view of the mountains has been missing for quite a time and this morning their they were back in full panorama.

No wind either produced ideal conditions for reflections in the ponds, but no toast, the turbines weren’t turning.

Added a couple of photos taken at the feeders.

Bri

New Bridge

We have finally built a replacement bridge over the ditch between the feeders, see photos. The old one was found after a tip off by another dog walker, it had been cut down and was being used as a form of step ladder in one of the air raid shelters, we also found all our other equipment taken from our shelter. These same people also cut through the camera cable to one of the owl boxes, hopefully they have gone now and do not return.

Natural England employed a contractor at the beginning of the month to remove the Japanese Rose from the side of the long pond, see photos, making access along the west side much easier.

Bob and Bri

Is the first snow of the season

No, just the aftermath of storm Ophelia. Rough weather often produces foam but today it was an overdose of soap suds, and the strong wind picking it off the tide edge and depositing it over the field, see photos.

Bob and Bri