Thursday, 19 February 2009

Morning tea party with a special guest.... and the rest of my day's action!

No soppy stuff today so down to business. Warm enough to sit out again this morning with my cuppa. As soon as I opened the door to go and stock the feeding stations I could hear Carrion Crows and there were 3. Also, H Gulls (lots of them in the distance).
Now, in order of how I saw them:-
1 Robin, 2 Woodpigeons, 6 Blackbirds (they love to scuffle), 2 Great Tits (no messing about - they know what they are there for - sunflower hearts), Mr Bullfinch feintly singing, as they do up in the tree and then I saw his silhouette flitting away, 6 H Sparrows (well, you know what's on their minds!), 2 Coal Tits (again, straight in for the food), 2 Dunnocks, 2 Magpies and then.... the Firecrest... and friend. Now, I don't know what to think. I had my bins and clearly ID'd the Firecrest and clearly ID'd his friend... as a Goldcrest! Don't get me wrong, I love the Goldcrest, after all he turned up first, but I REALLY wanted the Firecrest to have a mate... and why are they hanging around together anyway???
Oh well, back to business: Who turned up next but my special guest, a Squirrel (Trevor's best mate - not). He loves to come down for Trevor's nuts! He stayed munching for a good 15 minutes and I promised not to tell!
At 7.25am - late for him - the Songthrush arrived to serenade me. Then 10 Starlings, 2 Chaffinches and 1 Blue Tit. The Firecrest came back, alone at 7.50am for another feed on the peanuts of all things. He soon decided he preferred the suet again. I then heard Goldfinches, but they decided not to visit the new feeder! At 8pm as I was heading in, 4 Long Tailed Tits turned up.
At lunchtime Trevor reliably informed me that the Blackcap (F) had been around along with a Bullfinch (M). At home at lunchtime I saw the Firecrest again.
Out on the roof at work I saw 2 Jackdaws, roughly 25 F Pigeons and 12 H Gulls. I also heard and then tracked down a tail-less Pied Wagtail. He was still bopping though!
On the way home in the car I spotted two Pied Wagtails on a footpath (both with full tails I am pleased to say).
When walking the Wuffa Dog at tea time I saw a Parliament of Magpies (21 to be exact) and all looking very official! Also saw 2 Collared Doves, 2 Carrion Crows, 3 Blackbirds, 1 Great Tit, 1 Robin.
That's it for today. Not bad considering I work 9-5 and I bet not a single person where I work noticed a bird today... however, I know a few of you check out my blog so get birding you lot and you can be as happy as me in the mornings!
I love birding!


  1. I've just noticed your header picture is Stithians Southern Cut Off... Am i a bit slow???

  2. Well, we needed a change and that was a good day. The reflection on that water was something else. Had the sun been shining it would have been perfect!

  3. Ahh, it's only just gone on then has it??

  4. A couple of days. We had to size it right.

  5. i cant seem to get my picture right across the header. I dont like that coloured block on the end.

  6. Well, I have to confess that is Trevor's domain. You know I am not good at the photography bit! However, when I log onto our blog at work the picture is far too big. You cannot see the whole picture. Maybe The Abbot will be able to expand on this.

  7. I just tell The Abbot what I want!

  8. You need to re-size the picture...try 1600 pixels then edit the header in Layout.


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