This morning it was up with the lark and at just after 8.30 a.m. I headed off for RHS Wisley for one of their Bird Walks. Frank Boxall introduced the walk giving us an idea of what we might see, and David Elliott was our other expert. This walk is great for those wishing to learn more about our garden and native birds and some of the winter visitors.
Again the weather was a perfect winter's day. The views around Wisley were a winter wonderland with a thick frost having come down during the night. I just wished I'd taken my landscape lens with me. Brilliant sunshine once again with a clear blue sky and still air - wonderful!
We started off at 9.30 a.m. and finished by about 12.30 in which time, I recorded having seen the following birds:
Blackbirds, Chaffinch, Robin, Goldfinches, Ring-necked Parakeets, Collared Doves, Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Jays, Siskins, Mistle Thrush, Black-headed Gulls, Mallards, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Canada Gees, Gold Crests, Song Thrush, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Greenfinches, Fieldfares and Redwings. - 25 species. Dipped on the Kingfisher that frequents the Rive Wey so hope that's for another day.
Most of the birds I've taken pictures of before and others (that I wanted pics of) were too far away. Never mind - just a few pics.
It's 9.00 a.m. and the sun light gives the conifer a warm glow..
And with the festive season almost upon us...
Jay, either burying or retrieving nuts!
and the fountains too
A mass of white berries of the Sorbus Glabrescens (or White Fruited Rowan)
(with thanks to David Elliot of RHS Wisley for the identification)
Thanks to Frank and David for a very enjoyable bird walk around the gardens of RHS Wisley.
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