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Monday, 1 December 2008

Wisley for birds - again

The sun shone, the sky was blue and temperature - very cold. So I was off to Wisley again.

Today, following guidance from Frank at Wisley I went over to the Fruit Fields - which bore fruit in the shape of several Redwings and Fieldfares. As Frank had predicted (thanks Frank) they were ferreting about in the leaves under the apple trees where some of the windfalls still remained. I do hope the Bergers of RHS Wisley leave them there for the hungry birds!

Had a great walk and watched the birds on the feeders again - and the list for today
Green Woodpecker (in the fruit fields)
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Goldfinches (flock of about 20 over the fruit fields)

Just some of the birds seen as Wisley:
Blue Tit and Robin


Nest Box 47 was of very great interest to a Blue Tit who made two or three visits whilst I was there

Great Tit

Male Mallard

Female Mallard

I relented and changed the lens as the colour was so good in the sunlight - I'm going to have to get a second camera........... sigh!

Top of the jet from the Fountain in the water near the House

The sun was sinking so I stopped off (very briefly) in Bushey Park - just a few pics here. Then, as my hands were getting numb with the cold, I left for home.
Red-crested Pochard

Black-headed Gull

Jackdaw - with more colour than I've seen before

Oh - what joy to be out in the fresh air and get the legs going again after unending grey skies at the weekend!!


Liz said...

Oh Tricia, and I was just about to comment on your lovely Blue tit photo, loving the magical quality it has... Very me in fact! :D

It looks like you had a lovely time, lots of birdies to see.

Richard said...

Love to look at your pictures of birds I'll never see here in Minnesota. Great photos.

mick said...

All great photos but I especially like the little Blue Tit. Nice to have some clear weather but cold! Years ago when I was living in the USA I was so very surprised to find that clear sunny days could be cold as well! Very hard for an 'Aussie' to understand!

Warren Baker said...

Smashing pics,
just found your blog from Dean at (mostly macro) I'll dip in and out, love your enthusiasm

Tricia Ryder said...

Hi Warren - Thanks and welcome - hope to see you here again!

Tricia Ryder said...

Liz - yes it was a great wander!

Richard - glad you enjoy our UK birds!

Mick - I can understand your confusion - we can't imagine anywhere NOT being cold for part of the year!

Anonymous said...

I am pleased to learn that you found the migrant thrushes at last. Great to see positive evidence that Box 47 is being used.

FAB The Early Birder

Tricia Ryder said...

Hiya FAB - yes - it's definitely being used - let's hope it will be positively used in the Spring - I shall have to check it out! Lol.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a similar day to mine (except youve blogged about yours lol. Over here on the other side of london Iw as nice and sunny but freezing too. Plenty of birds to see including my first redwing of the year and a pair of goldcrests. Oh and over 100 mute swans!

Tricia Ryder said...

Gosh Neil - over 100 mute swans! On the Thames? Well done on the redwing and goldcrests!

avalon said...

loved the box 47 photo best so cute, and the male malllard such vibrant colours. Sounds like you enjoyed getting out in the sunshine, i love it when you can wrap up warm and get out and about

avalon said...
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Tricia Ryder said...

Hi Avalon and thanks. Sorry for taking so long to reply to your comment. Something odd is happening with Blogger!!

And yes, there's something about walking in cold but sunny winter weather!!

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