... for anyone wondering what TTTW means! ;)
I'd not seen any Collared Doves for a while and this was only the second I'd managed to photograph this year.
Does he look a strange angle to you... well he's half-way up the steep bank to the feeders, it's not high, but almost vertical. I really...
.... is becoming more regular! I saw one during the Christmas holidays, which was the first for a few months, now here was one at the beginning of February.
Until a few years ago I'd only seen one in the area and that was up in the Glens. To get one onto my Year List, I had to go to the...
Three of the regular Jackdaws that visited during January and February. There was another one just out of shot .... and another yet to arrive!
A group of Jackdaws is known as a clattering for some reason.
Back at the edge of town feeders. Fortunately, the parking area wasn't too bad for the snow, though a little icy in places.
The Robin thought all his Christmases had come together, when he found all this food on the ground. Not sure how he's going to swallow that wee nugget though, looks like...
The snow was soft so the nuts had fallen through. Didn't stop this Starling though... still managed to find his peanut.
The day was very overcast and we had lots of snow falling on and off, so the quality of this picture has suffered, even though I tried my best with adjusting levels and stuff...
Starling, Chaffinch and Blackbird forming a socially distanced circle but it looks like they've formed a tableau for a new stage play! LOL
They all seem to be happily feeding on their own food patch.
Saturday fun, TTTW
Yep... a few days later back the snow came, before the previous lot had completely gone, so we had thick ice under a thick layer of snow. Not a good combination!
My first visitor that morning was this colourful Chaffinch.
I'd been hearing a Fieldfare for several days around our complex, but hadn't managed to spot him.
Then suddenly there he was in my neighbour's tree, right outside my window. A waif from the bad weather.
Quality not great as this was a quick grab before he flew and also a TTTW shot.
Although it still remained very cold, the temperature had risen a little and the sun helped to thaw some of the snow on the shed roof, exposing some of the feed that had fallen through the top layer of snow during the previous week.
Blackie was surrounded by it all trying to decide what to go...
... so let's hope that darn Robin stays away!!
I'd also put some feed on the ground on the other side of the road. There's often a Dunnock hiding in the bushes there.
Incidentally, this picture started off very dark, but with the aid of something I messed about with in FastStone I managed to...
We had to wait a few days before going back to the feeding station, in the hope that the snow had thawed a bit. Which it had..... but as you can see there was still some lying about.
The feeders were just about empty, so a good job we went. A Robin and Dunnock were soon there to hoover up what...
Some of you will remember that I've had great difficulty getting a picture of a Great Tit that, very occasionally, visits the garden, and was so quick I didn't even have time to lift the camera.
However, this visit he'd found the 'new' perch and seemed to like it 'cos he sat there, and sat...
Early January we did have some lovely blue skies, although it was cold and the snow had frozen solid on the ground.
I thought this Starling showed up well against that pretty blue of the sky that morning.