Tuesday, 6 March 2018

THE BEAST FROM THE EAST MEETS THE STORM FROM THE SOUTH!

Quite a lot of the white stuff has come down over the last few days as the bitterly cold easterly winds met up with a storm surge coming in from the south. As the pictures below show it's going to be a while before we'll be able to get out.


our dog Jack on the only bit of track left below a 6 foot drift notice the rabbit tracks on the drift.

this is the tarmac road leading out to civilisation 

another bad drift on our road

another big drift on our track, lucky the gate was open.
Luckily for the birds I did manage to get some food out to them before the worst of the snow hit. I thought we might have had some more unusual visitors to the feeders because of the weather but the only thing of note was this single male Brambling who was feeding with the many Chaffinches.


male Brambling




Here are some of the other snowy visitors.


male chaffinch

male reed bunting

great tit

robin

female blackbird.
There were lots of pictures on the net of Redwing and Fieldfare, we've got both species up here so I thought I'd cut up the last of our fruit and put it out near my feeders in the hope that they would take the bait. No such luck though I'm afraid as it was quickly gobbled up by the Crows and Magpie's but I suppose they need to feed as well.

Here's a few more pics of some of my garden birds how such tiny creatures survive through these harsh weather conditions is a testament to how tough they must be.


coal tit

goldfinch

nuthatch
Dunnock
Can't see us getting out any time soon and as the thaw sets in it's going to take a ton of rain to shift this lot but at least I've got food and warmth unlike my avian counterparts who'll have to tough it out in these harsh wintry conditions.


Brambling braving the blizzard.

Lets hope the thaw sets in quickly.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

A WINTER FINCH

After all that snow we've had I thought something unusual might turn up at my feeders but alas the same common species (although very welcome) seem to dominate the array of food put out for them with the corvids bullying every other species out of the way until they've had their fill.
We were snowed in for 4 days so the birds were eating better than us.


the pretty scene outside the house.



Not until after the snow had cleared did this little chap make an appearance.


male Brambling



First sighting this year of a Brambling happily feeding amongst the chaffinches.

Here's a couple of others that I've snapped over the last few days.


redwing

robin

great spotted woodpecker

Nice to see a Brambling lets hope a few more of these lovely winter finches show up.


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

THE WINTER THRUSHES ARE BACK

The Redwing and Fieldfare our two winter Thrushes are back, I managed to grab a couple of pic's of them today feeding up on the berry trees.


redwing


fieldfare
They were very skittish and I had to wait very patiently in the freezing cold for about an hour (arrrhhh) to grab these couple of images.

Also managed to grab a pic of this female Kestrel sat on a lampost on the look out for it's breakfast.


female kestrel

Nice to see our winter thrushes back on the farm and I hope to grab some better images of them over the next couple of months.

Monday, 30 October 2017

LONG TAILS

Had a small flock of long tailed tits come into the garden today. They're not frequent visitors to my patch but were a welcome addition to the usual "garden birds".


long tailed tit



Also caught this Dunnock singing in the Autumn sunshine.


dunnock
A couple of days ago I photographed this Buzzard on one of the telegraph poles also managed a pic as it took off.


buzzard on the look out

take off
Great news about the Rock Thrush up at Pwll Ddu Quarry near Blaenavon.


rock thrush
It's just a few miles from my home and although I'd have loved to have seen it I don't really do the twitching thing unless it's at a site at my local patch but well done to those who have seen it lets hope the bird survives and manages to get back to Africa. (image taken from birdguides).

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

WILD DUCK CHASE

A text arrived this afternoon saying that there were a pair of Goldeneye's up on Cwmtillery Lakes. I haven't seen a Goldeneye for a good many years so up there I raced camera and binoculars at the ready to twitch these new arrivals which would have been at least as far as I am aware a firsts for the lake. I could have then shared this wonderful news with the birders of Gwent.

oh dear!
And here they are, well this is one of them a Tufted Duck there wasn't even a pair two females that must have arrived at the lake this morning.

the second female tufty
I suppose they do have yellow eyes so I can see how the mistake was made, but I think an I.D guide for Christmas is a must for you Cwmtillery Lake rarity finders, mmmmm!!!!!!

There was a little bit of compensation as I watched this Dipper feeding on one of the small tributary's that run into the lake.

dipper
 I suppose at least it got me out of the house for an hour and a tufted duck is not a common bird on the lake, they must be birds passing through on migration, oh! but I would have loved to have seen them Golden-eyes.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

FEEDING STATION

Set up my feeding station with a couple more perches hoping that the birds will kindly line up to have their picture taken.


my bird feeding station
I've been lucky enough so far to have had 35 different species visit my feeders, I also should imagine I've missed the odd rare visitor. 
Although birds will come into a feeding station all year round I find that the busiest times are early spring when the birds a trying to get into peak condition ready for breeding and on freezing days in winter when food is scarce.
Here's some of the more commoner birds that frequent my feeders.


goldfinch

wren

nuthatch

dunnock

female chaffinch

great tit
male chaffinch



It's set up now so lets see what the autumn and winter brings in, something rare or unusual I hope (fingers crossed).

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A CREEPING " familiaris "

Whilst watching and taking some pic's of the birds visiting my feeders, this Treecreeper came onto the trunk of a tree at the top end of my rather rough looking wildlife garden. It stayed for a while making it's way up the trunk looking for it's insect food and then dropping back down again to start all over again.

treecreeper


A very pleasant surprise and a new tick for my garden list.