Watching Me Watching You

 

Nice try Woodrow…

 
 

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But I know you’re there.

Looking less than pristine after all the rain: Great Spotted Woodpecker

This weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch, organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). So we sat at the kitchen table this morning with checklist, binoculars, bird identification book, and some coffee, to record what flew in. Perhaps not unexpectedly our bird population is skewed in favour of woodland birds. Nuthatches, woodpeckers and pheasants frequent the feeders, but not so many of the birds that the RSPB actually wanted us to count. Doh.

 
 

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Nuthatch

 
 

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Willow Tit. Or Marsh Tit? The two species are virtually identical.

 

Ptolemy and Ptolemy Too continue to prove elusive from a photography point of view. They made a dive for the rhododendron patch the minute the tripod came out. They won’t be able to hold out under there forever though. A pheasant needs to eat.

 
 

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Great Tit

Of the birds on the checklist the most numerous were the Great Tits, a sum total of three.

 
 

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Chaffinch

 
 

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Blue Tit

 
 

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Can I just lean here a moment? It’s been a long day..

Blackbird

 

 We don’t see sparrows at all. The long tailed tits only appear when it gets very cold. None so far this winter.

 
 

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But here’s an odd thing..

A Great Tit and Coal Tit sharing not only a feeder, but almost the same hole in the mesh. The Great Tit was not about to peck its friend, it waited patiently while the Coal Tit took its share.

 

And then..

where there are birds, or rather bird food..

 
 

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Game over.