Some how today, it feels as though we've skipped Autumn and gone straight to winter.
Awoke to some sun, but as the morning progressed all changed. Rain and very strong blustery winds.
Had a fairly domestic morning, gave my daughter a lift to collect her car (yes - it passed it's MOT - it's a 1972 Mini) and then went into Bushey Park just after lunch (no pictures). The Red Deer stags were roaring but couldn't see "Henry" - so he must be elsewhere in the park.
Nothing much to get excited about in the way of bird life either, on or out of the water. So this afternoon I had some quality reading time and watched the birds in the garden.
This is what I saw today and mostly all at the same time - with one obvious exception of course.
1 x Jay (this morning)
12 x Ring-necked Parakeets (this morning)
11 x Feral Pigeons (this morning)
and this afternoon...
1 x Woodpigeon
5 x Goldfinches
3 x Blue Tits
3 x Great Tits
1 x Coal Tit
1 x Long-tailed Tit
3 x Greenfinches (down in numbers still)
1 x Nuthatch (hoorah - its still about)
1 x magnificent female Sparrowhawk
and the pièce de résistance?
at last - a male House Sparrow - long time since one visited the garden - hope he'll be back and bring his friends.
Also had the squirrel who discovered the sunflower seeds at the bottom of the garden - well, in the rain they'd got a bit soggy, so I was glad s/he ate them up!!
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