Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all, I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday!

Hopefully in the new year i'll be back to posting a bit more.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

First Snow of the Winter

I know it's not a lot, not here anyway, but it's always nice to see (especially so close to Christmas). I made sure my feeders were all topped up today so there is plenty of food for the birds.

There have been a few in the garden today. A pair of Collared Doves have taken up residence and have been in sight every time I looked out of the window. Plenty of House Sparrows too and the Goldfinch are as noisy as ever squabbling over the seeds.

Blue Tits and Great Tits have been regular visitors and the odd Coal Tit too, though the Blue Tits chase them off pretty sharpish. I've seen my first Long Tailed Tits of the winter too. Dunnock numbers have gone up to four at times and Magpies and Blackbirds are also around often.

The Robin is often the first bird at the feeders in a morning usually before it even gets daylight properly. Today it was the last bird in the garden and there is just something so nice to see a Robin against a snowy backdrop!

Hopefully we will sneak in a walk around Yeadon Tarn on Saturday amongst the mad Christmas rushing about we will be doing. So may have more to post soon.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

A Garden Update

Well I have not been out much of anywhere recently, Christmas has taken over and i've been shopping for England! On the birding front I did see a very lovely Pied Wagtail outside the entrance to the White Rose Shopping Centre.

The garden however has been bird central. Plenty of Starlings, Goldfinch and House Sparrows. Then in lesser numbers Dunnocks, Blue Tits, and Collared Doves. The Blue Tits have grown to three on a regular basis though the Coal Tit pair haven't been around much at all. There is a lone Great Tit visiting and a Robin, who is getting very brave and is happy in the garden when i'm out too.

Our squirrel has still been around and along with two Magpies has been polishing off the peanuts.

We've also had our first sighting of Long Tailed Tits since last winter when a pair flitted around the bushes for a while at the end of last week.

The posts may be a bit sparse over the next month or so as we have so much going on but I will try my best to get the family out for a brisk walk one lovely frosty morning!