I'm getting tired of being stuck inside: there are three more weeks before I have the plaster cast taken off my leg. Saturday morning was beautiful: cold, crisp and sunny. I sat with the patio doors open watching garden birds. The photograph - as if it's not obvious - is from summer.
I love being outside, especially in the countryside. I love wildlife, particularly birds, so - at the risk of being dramatic - am becoming a bit like a caged animal (told you it was dramatic!).
Already the change from winter (albeit it's not been much of one) to spring is taking place, many birds are pairing away from their winter flocks and appear very much as couples on our feeding stations. Blue Tits and Great Tits are investigating the nest box high in the crab apple tree and magpies are to be seen carrying long twigs - almost as long as themselves - these will form the foundations of their substantial nests.
Because the morning was cold, the small birds were particularly active on our seed feeders and fat balls - when it's cold like this, small birds have to eat almost their own body weight in food.
This morning I watched:
- Blue Tits (one pair)
- Great Tits (one pair)
- Greenfinches (flock of seven)
- Chaffinches (one pair)
- Blackbirds (three males having a territorial battle and one oblivious female feeding)
- Dunnocks (resident pair)
- Robin (singing from points on the boundaries of its territory)
- Goldfinches (three)
- Redwing (landed at the top of one of two alder trees that are popular with the birds, came from the south - left towards the north, going home? Redwings (illustrated) are a winter visiting flock bird, this one may have been ill or injured and become separated from the flock as they started the return flight to Scandinavia)
- Magpies (one pair)
- Wood Pigeons (one pair Hoovering up seed from one of the bird tables)