This last weekend was the Big Garden Birdwatch run by the RSPB, and at the same time the French equivalent, the LPO, were also running theirs. As Saturday was a beautiful sunny mild day, I thought I'd have a go. You sit somewhere and count the birds that you see in your garden over a one hour period, discounting birds flying overhead. This is my tally:
Blue Tits 9
House Sparrows 4
Great Tits 3
Well that was slightly disappointing, not in the numbers but sheer lack of species, but just goes to show that watching your birds for one hour won't necessarily mean that you will see them all, even some of the more common ones! No blackbirds, dunnocks or magpies, and despite scanning the conifer trees through my binoculars, I saw nothing small, hidden or skulking. I'm not cheating, because I know for sure they live here, but I did position myself in a place where I could see a part of my lake, in the hope that I would see a moorhen or two. Which I did! And then I took a few photos of the tits visiting my peanuts.
Unfortunately I can't count the birds I saw across the field down the bottom of the garden after I'd done my one hour count. I heard a racket and saw loads of birds which I assumed were starlings up in the tree tops - yes most were starlings, but there were also fieldfares (a species of thrush which are winter visitors) in amongst them. This is very zoomed in!
|Several Fieldfares amongst dozens of Starlings (the dozens mostly out of this picture!).|
|Happened to notice this whilst walking around with my binocs - can you |
see the 'frog' in the hole, in the middle of the picture of my big old oak tree?
|Back to my plants, a reflection of distant trees and the orangey/red stems |
of my dogwood, Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Flame'.
|Hooray! In a hurry to post this, because I took this Snowdrop |
shot last Thursday and they are now starting to open!
|So are my Oriental Hellebores. |
Bit of a naff photo because I need to cut off all the old leaves
and stalks to show up the beauty of the new flowers.
|I've got dozens of these lying in the weeds of the veg patch.|
It's the skeletonised papery husk of a Physalis fruit.
As beautiful and photogenic as skeletonised Hydrangea petals!
And now I must go back to school. I feel like I'm skiving off! :-)