A quiet couple of days over Christmas and didn't even manage a walk. I came home yesterday bringing Mum with me for a few days. Unfortunately Mum has started an unwelcome and unpleasant cold which, for her, is not good news as she suffers from asthma. Bit of a worry.
Regrettably it's far too cold for her to go out, so we went for a drive around Richmond Park.
Not many birds about in the park but, not far from Roehampton Gate and the Rugby pitches were two very large herds of Fallow and Red Deer. The latter chose to cross the road as we approached which gave us wonderful views of these lovely creatures. It's noticable now that the stags are back in their all male groups following the rut in the Autumn.
The birds numbers are down a bit, in the garden but the male Blackcap continues to visit as does the Jay. Blackbirds, blue tits and goldfinches (only about 14) are the normal first arrivals followed by chaffinches and greenfinches. I'm now fairly certain that I have two robins visiting
so I'll be keeping an eye open...
Hopefully, for her sake, Mum will feel a bit better tomorrow........
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