A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"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
Monday, 9 January 2012
I stopped off at Millennium Wood for a brief walk again this morning. Initially there were just the usual carrion crows, magpies, wood pigeons and blackbirds but then high up in a silver birch, next to a couple of lesser redpolls, I saw a male and female bullfinch (another first for the year). I remembered that last time I saw this species here a pair were seen together and on the few occasions I have seen them in the garden there is often a male and a female. I've done a bit of research and it appears from ringing evidence (according to my ancient set of Living Countryside magazines) that some bullfinches do pair for life which is a rather nice thought. No sign today of redwings but it looks as though most of the berries on the site have been eaten!
A few days ago I saw my first garden mammal of the year - a grey squirrel and bird-wise things are getting more interesting. There were a couple of redwings in the garden yesterday - I've now replenished the supply of apples on the lawn in the hope that they might return! - and one of the lesser redpolls was drinking from the pond today.
I tried out my new macro lens yesterday taking a few photos of some daffodils bought at the supermarket. Hopefully, the photos will improve as I practise and experiment more and I will be more careful of the background next time!
Welcome to my blog. I have been interested in natural history from an early age and we have tried to create a garden attractive to wildlife. I also enjoy reading, photography, collecting fossils, visiting historic buildings and gardens and supporting Aston Villa. Please feel free to leave a comment and, if you would like to email me, my email address is ciraggedrobinsATgmail.com - remember to replace AT with @. Thank you for visiting.