Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Sunday walk and last week's birds

A lovely winter's day - the Taw estuary on the Tarka trail...
Liked this image with the line of footprints.

Pretty sure these are redshanks - I'm not great on waders but these are common and the most likely.
Always lots of curlews on the estuary.
The snow brought a lot of birds into the garden. Loads of blackbirds, all chasing each other off whilst the thrush nipped in and got the food and then these lovely redwings appeared. Unfortunately all my photos were blurry - I think they were actually too close and I had the zoom lens on max. Went through loads of suet pellets , mealworms and sultanas but worth it for these visitors.

Got a new feeder for the wall outside the kitchen window so I can see the birds from there and get better pics like this starling on the wall next to it.

This little chap was hiding sunflower hearts all over the place.


  1. great photos sumac, is that a coal tit on your last shot, not seen any around here for quite a while, good to hear from you.

  2. Hi there,
    Yes, that's the coal tit, it has been around quite a bit. No birds were really abscent during the cold snap, although there seemed to be fewer goldfinches. I had 5 yesterday though.

  3. Lovely photos Sumac, the starling pic is great!! What does your new feeder look like? Could you put a pic on here?? Thanks xxxx

  4. great photos sumac,I just love the redwing only a quick glimpse of one in trees behind us this winter.Brilliant one of the coal tit too as they are so flighty.X