I’ve not been up to much this week, so most of my photographs are from the garden. The Goldfinches are back visiting the feeders and since we have been putting out more seeds the Sparrows have returned.
After a slow beginning the Fieldfares have now arrived in numbers. You can hear their clacking noise as they fly over in their groups, this is completely different to the whistle of the Redwings when they pass over.
The female Great Spotted woodpecker has been around the garden while the male has been in next doors or out the front. When the male Great Spotted Woodpecker comes the female follows him but the male ignores her, pecks her or flies away.
One of the other birds that has been very visible around the garden picking at the berries is the Mistle thrush.
Today the feeders have been a little quieter than usual and we have evidence of a visitor. A sparrowhawk. Early this morning there was a mess of pigeon feathers over the grass. The Pigeons and Collared Doves that normally sit on the telegraph wire and pole at the bottom of the garden have been keeping their distance on a neighbours roof. The only birds that don’t seem bothered by the visitor are the Jackdaws and Crows who were waiting for their food as normal. Does anyone know whether Sparrowhawks would attack a Jackdaw? Our feeders are very close to a climbing rose, a Hazel tree and a Clematis so we don’t often get the smaller birds like the Blue tits being taken, but the Doves and Pigeons do tend sit out in the open.
The sunset at 4.21pm today and just afterwards as the sky turned a slate grey, it was filled with a huge amount of gulls. As they flew over in their hundreds they often paused, circled a couple of times then flew on.
I have managed to get out for a couple of walks after school this week and was lucky enough to bump in to two Roe deers.
A couple of the cows in the field spent ages fighting. One of the cows pushed the other one right down on to its knees.