Sunday, January 29, 2012


Yesterday was a good day, even though I didn't get out snapping.  The sun shone, a couple of nice walks with the dog, the first rabbits of the year were out and about and we added to our village tally of bird species with a pair of goldcrest peeping away from a conifer.  Don't get me wrong I know they will have been around we just haven't seen them - no conifers in the garden.
It was also big garden bird watch day.  I haven't kept note of entries from the last couple of years, but looking further back we seem to have much the same mix of species each year - just with some variation in numbers.

This year house sparrows topped the bill (no pun intended) with 9, and it's nice to know they seem to be at least holding their own.  There may well have been more, but it's a struggle to count, especially now the bamboo has grown on.
Collared doves next on 8 - some years we have had up to  20 at a time,
 then the ever hungry starlings,
 greenfinches - again a good find given the problems they're having
 and blue tits - all on 6.
 It was nice to find a blackcap after a couple of barren years - Kay told me the other week she'd seen one around.

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