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31 Mar 2008

Does the tail at the left make this 9 or 10 magpies in the old rhyme: 1 for sorrow, 2 for joy, 3 for a girl, 4 for a boy, 5 for silver, 6 for gold, 7 for a story never to be told, 8 for a wish, 9 for a kiss, 10 for a bird you can not miss.

Ref: SC1_20080305_1613_012 sc1 Female pheasant + 9 magpies + a magpie tail left edge.jpg

30 Mar 2008

A Robin and what we think must be a Lesser Whitethroat having a mid-air skirmish.

Ref: D3B_20080303_1644_072 fb1 Aerial fight between Robin & Lesser Whitethroat (Q) (web crop).jpg

29 Mar 2008

The Bluetits are now stripping buds from the Ash trees. In this montage the bird can just get the bud in it's beak, but a moment later has dropped it (and it let it go).

Ref: DA1_20080305_0957_058 & 059 Bluetit removing & then dropping Ash bud (montage).jpg

28 Mar 2008

A typical 'head out of frame' image of a male pheasant suggested this abstract study of all those different patterns of feathers on just the side and back.

Ref: D3A_20080301_1720_008 fb2 Pheasant male Side & back as abstract patterns.jpg

27 Mar 2008

Violets under an old Silver birch have appeared every one of our 17 years here, and probably for decades before.

Ref: P34_20080302_0834_198 Violet Flower.jpg

26 Mar 2008

Is this robin looking up, down, or just showing off? Probably a minor head turn for a bird that can preen it's back.

Ref: D3B_20080227_0621_055 fb1 Robin with head turned.jpg

25 Mar 2008

Not many fieldmice (wood mice) for some weeks, but this is the most appealing of the recent week.

Ref: D3B_20080228_1801_042 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) and Fir cones.jpg

24 Mar 2008

A session clearing overgrown bushes from the W side of the main pond exposed some snowdrops the rabbits had missed.

Ref: P34_20080228_1227_158 Snowdrop.jpg

23 Mar 2008

Moorhen feeding on the main pond with the full red beak and shield of breeding colour.

Ref: D01_20080226_1109_007 moorhen in breeding colours on dragon pond.jpg

22 Mar 2008

Both male and female kestrels are about again. Here the male is flying by some willow catkins.

Ref: DA1_20080227_1227_159 Kestrel Male with (out of focus) pussy Willows.jpg

21 Mar 2008

This squirrel found/un-buried a last autumn conker and sat ignoring us in a black poplar chewing his way through it. When it was eaten we got one stare and off he/she went. Obviously they are not poisonous to squirrels.

Ref: DA1_20080227_1231_178 Squirrel about to eat previous years conker in Black Poplar tree.jpg

20 Mar 2008

The sweet face of the bluetit, raising its wings, to launch to the sky.

Ref: D3B_20080221_1621_076 fb1 Bluetit about to take off.jpg

19 Mar 2008

Blackbird female collecting nesting material. No sign of the male helping, which doesn't mean he isn't collecting elsewhere.

Ref: D3B_20080218_1545_035 fb1 Blackbird female collecting nesting material (Q).jpg

18 Mar 2008

The cherries were already starting to blossom when the frosts came. Here is a detail of a frosty flower.

Ref: DA1_20080217_0923_028 Frost cherry blossom (web crop).jpg

17 Mar 2008

Blackberries seem to keep a few of their spent leaves until spring. Here the morning sun from the rear makes some lovely colours.

Ref: DA1_20080217_0942_065 Frosty Blackberry leaf lit from rear.jpg

16 Mar 2008

Several days of overnight frosts and fog provided for some opportunities for those wrapped up warm! Here the details of some Hazel catkins become an almost abstract image in soft shades of orange, yellow and green.

Ref: P34_20080218_0931_953 Frosty Hazel Catkins (web crop).jpg

15 Mar 2008

We sometimes see a robin hovering over water to pick off floating food. While testing a setup to photograph this (even though it was icy when they just land!) happy chance got this. The unusual look isn't flash - light reflecting off ice has strange effects.

Ref: D01_20080215_1352_005 Robin in flight over ice.jpg

14 Mar 2008

Suddenly we have a flock of about 8 long tailed tits visiting our North hedge.

Ref: DA1_20080216_0958_017 Long-tailed Tit (web crop).jpg

13 Mar 2008

A female blackbird having a good peck at the log. Her beak is open and her orange tongue is visible. There is nothing wrong with her eye - it's covered by the protective membrane (a sort of third eyelid) that birds have. In other shots it is clear.

Ref: D3B_20080214_0727_191 fb1 Blackbird female pecking at log with open beak with nictitating membrane over eye.jpg

12 Mar 2008

The handful of surviving alder trees are producing some attractive tracery against the sky. What we call 'cones' seem to be officially 'corky outgrowths to keep the seeds afloat in water'. Cones seems easier!

Ref: P34_20080212_1429_815 Alder Cones & catkins.jpg

11 Mar 2008

The catkins are out on a few of the willows, and the bluetits are making the most of it. Catkins contains load of individual florets and the bird has pulled out a single one in it's beak.

Ref: DA1_20080213_1355_070 Bluetit with willow catkin fragment in beak.jpg

10 Mar 2008

We often see Male robins doing crazy show-off displays to the females, but for once they obliged on camera.

Ref: D3A_20080209_0658_031 fb2 Male Robin displaying to female (web crop).JPG

09 Mar 2008

The mice have returned to their normal manic behaviour.

Ref: D3B_20080210_0048_136 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse) diving head first onto ground by another.JPG

08 Mar 2008

The classic robin on the classic old tree stump.

Ref: D01_20080205_1300_015 Robin on Mossy Stump (web crop).JPG

07 Mar 2008

Bluetit about to jump off some dead-wood we hang the peanut feeders on. Good thing he doesn't know a tawny owl occasionally hunts from the same perch (see archive for 21 Dec 2007)

Ref: D10_20080203_1311_017 Bluetit about to jump off branch.jpg

06 Mar 2008

The Christmas nuts are now rather stale, but the squirrel doesn't mind.

Ref: D3A_20080206_1606_010 fb2 Squirrel with hazel nut in mouth.JPG

05 Mar 2008

This caught our fancy because it shows the difference in size so well. (NOT a montage)

Ref: D3B_20080203_0742_050 fb1 Dunnock and Blackbird Female.JPG

04 Mar 2008

This robin was singing alternately in competition with another only 30m or so along the farm track.

Ref: D01_20080208_1141_102 Robin singing on lichen covered branch (web crop).JPG

03 Mar 2008

The fieldmice (wood mice) are making occasional appearances. This must be the first 'Miss Winsome Whiskers of 2008' entry.

Ref: D3B_20080206_2247_070 fb1 Fieldmouse (Wood Mouse).JPG

02 Mar 2008

A snowdrop quietly decorating the base of an ornamental bush.

Ref: P34_20080204_1044_663 Snowdrops at bottom of Viburnum.JPG

01 Mar 2008

An elegantly poised male blackbird. We see pairs at both sites, but so far not both usably at the same time.

Ref: D3A_20080201_1539_028 fb2 Blackbird male showing underwing.JPG



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