"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Friday, 3 December 2010

Garden Birds

Compared to many parts of the country we have only had a small amount of snow but it was even colder today. Temperatures reached as low as -8.4 degrees centigrade last night and the highest temperature today was -1.5!

Plenty of birds feeding although the cold weather is still failing to bring in any of the more unusual species. Two carrion crows came for bird seed today - this species is a regular visitor to the garden but rarely comes for food. Also had another visit from a chaffinch - a male this time and it was good to see two greenfinches on the feeders. I haven't seen any finches suffering from trichomonosis but greenfinch numbers are definitely much lower than usual.

Here's a photo of the resident robin who landed on the bird table as soon as I had filled the dish with mealworms.

This blackbird descended to take his share as soon as I had moved further away.

Sorry - the photos are not very good - they are heavily cropped and were taken with the 14 - 42mm lens.

And here's a few photos of frosty seedheads and plants

Still checking those berry trees and shrubs but still no sign of waxwings!

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