Birds Overtake Views

Monday, January 2nd 2017

This morning the idea for the blog was to show some views of Foxglove.  Firstly, the reeds which at this time of year look grey and fluffy given the right light conditions.  Volunteers walking through the reed bed heard the call of Reed Buntings.

The reed bed

The next view was of the wetland, looking beautiful, with blue skies and frozen ponds.

The wetland

But then birds took over.  One Fieldfare was spotted on the middle moor and the camera was pushed to its limit to catch this image.

Fieldfare

From the window in the Field Centre a Blackbird was observed eating some Guelder Rose berries.  Of course by the time the camera was found and ready it had stopped eating them.  By the beginning of spring Guelder Rose shrubs still have all their berries!  May be not this year?

Blackbird in Guelder Rose

Blue Tits are small birds seen flitting amongst the trees and are often seen on the back garden feeders.  During the year 348 adults and 185 nestlings were ringed.  They don't often get their photo on the blog, but this one co-operated!

Blue tit

Great Tits are another visitor to the back garden feeders.  This one also sat still long enough for its photo to be taken, without too many branches in the way.

Great Tit


(1) Comments:

Janet Hutchinson responded on 2nd Jan 2017 with...

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Beautiful afternoon on the Moor at Foxglove Covert today.  I wanted to see the stones and they looked stunning in the afternoon sun.  The Exmoor ponies watched my every move and obligingly posed for photos. The ponds on the wetland were frozen over and the sky was a brilliant blue. My husband and I said we could have been miles away from anywhere.  Foxglove is a little haven for all not just the amazing wildlife it nourishes.

 

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