With every tree stripped bare down the road it was unlikely that I was going to see any waxwings on my doorstep, however a brief chat with a friend from the nature reserve sent me off in the right direction.
I’d been in this vicinity looking before and not seen any but today I hit lucky. The first birds I spotted were a couple of redwings but then a high pitched chirruping started up and suddenly they descended.
They didn’t stay long so I wandered around the corner to see if I could see where they’d gone and noticed a tree with around 100 birds perched high in the branches. Every so often a flock would break away and fly behind some nearby houses so off I set again and found the trees they were stripping bare.
Absolutely stunning birds with an array of colours and very approachable hardly disturbed by my presence or the home owner who was busy gardening just feet away from them. Backwards and forwards they would fly gorging themselves on the berries. I counted forty in the tree with even more waiting their turn in the trees opposite.
A very special Christmas present, because as soon as these trees are stripped bare they’ll be off.
I read awhile ago on the RSPB site that Blackcaps were being seen more and more overwintering in the UK. I just assumed it would be down South where the winters aren’t quite as harsh as they can be in Yorkshire so was surprised to see a female enjoying the berries on the trees near my home. I’ve never noticed one in the area before so to see them here at this time of year was a very pleasant spot this morning. Its quite a suburban area with lots of big gardens and plenty of feeders around so there must be enough food to see her through till Spring.
It’s that time of year when I start filling up the feeders and helping out the birds as the nights draw in and the temperatures drop. It seems as though peanuts seem to be the number one protein choice at the moment with a variety of both feathered and furry friends.
The magpies, jays and jackdaws are able to grab a beak full in one visit, the squirrel sits and takes his time while the vole zips in and out taking one at a time and stashes them away for the odd occasion I run out. The shrew on the other hand is just too QUICK, but I know he’s there!!
Stunning winters day in Yorkshire, crisp and frosty with not a breath of wind gave some fabulous reflections in the canal.
Oranges, satsumas, tangerines and clementines.
Not only are they great for keeping your vitamin C levels up when the cold and flu bugs are around but they also mean you get to make ELEPHANTS !!!!!!!!