Several trips to Newton Marsh have only produced a Snipe of interest, otherwise hopeless; mind you there are so many wagons stopping on the road and by the verge, with multiple drivers in hi-vis outfits, kicking tyres, chewing the fat, having a smoke or whatever, it is not surprising there are no birds to be seen. Called in at Fairhaven and saw nowt, 3 Jackdaws! A few ducks near the RSPB centre. I did see a Black Swan on Stanley Park Lake (from the zoo?) and two Great Crested Grebes (on bank holiday Sunday – it's a long story but normally a complete anathema to me).
Meanwhile I had quite a shock a week or so ago while looking out of the window while on t'com pute er (last photo) ... I'll leave that with you a while to think about (two seconds?)
So here are some pictures from January 2012 which I never got around to posting (a short study on Tree Sparrows – note those back feathers). It was so cold the back feathers were being 'fluffed up' (technical term) and the wing feathers tucked underneath... I was trying to figure out if it was just the one bird or several doing it (images not necessarily of the same bird)... don't think I came to a conclusion...
|not great but liked the autumn colours, even though it was January|
|a winter starling|
|a recent shock|