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All Change!

Tuesday, December 31st 2013

This morning it was wet.

Rain drops on the pond

By lunch time there were beautiful blue skies, but rather cold.

Beautiful blue skies

Within a very short time the wind had strengthened and there were little white horses on the lake!

White horses on the lake

Needless to say the resident Moorhens and Mallard were keeping a very low profile.  However on approaching the feeders Siskin were spotted.  A quick click with the camera, through the moving branches yielded a not brilliant photograph, but the colour and patterns can be seen on this beautiful bird.  A few steps further along the boardwalk to get a better view was just too close for comfort.

Siskin on the feeder

Walking along to the bridge there are two large Holly trees.  There was something different about them.  They were green.

Holly tree by lake

On the 19th December they were covered with red berries.

Holly tree with red berries

It is unlikely that they have all been blown off even in the strong winds that we have had.  Blackbirds,  Fieldfares and Redwings have been having a feast. 

Until the weather settles down there is unlikely to be any ringing to try to catch some of these winter migrants.  Another Brambling was seen on the feeders in a net ride. 

A female Sparrowhawk flew through the back garden and scattered all the smaller birds.  Great Spotted Woodpeckers are feeding from the fat containers and the Long Tailed Tits are also visitors.


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