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Archive for December, 2010

Captured…

…this beautiful Jay on the feeding station tucking into the peanuts, taking two at a time to a nearby tree to eat before returning for more. The Jay is a very timid bird, this one has been building up courage for a week or so!

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…since the last post, unfortunatly Joyce has been ill so I’ve been somewhat distracted. I did manage to get out for a couple of hours on xmas eve and do a survey, not to many small birds about but it was about 11am when I went and I guess the smaller birds where conserving energy, I was happy to see the buzzard and sparrowhawk still about as the raptors can find it difficult to find live prey with the snow covering everything.

I’ve also been out today (beautiful sunny day) and I’m pleased to report that there was plenty of birdlife feeding and flying about.

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Keeping the birds…

…fed and watered through the winter. Feeding station (KDT3000) and heated birdbath (KDT3001) patents pending!

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…over the Downs, cloudless skies and plenty of bird action, the photograph is of a Yellowhammer, saved to the rough but spotted file for the obvious reason!

Yellowhammer

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…spotted in a congregation of c16 over the fields on Langley Bottom Farm, Redwings spend the winter in the U.K and S.Europe and the summers in N.Europe, I was over 300m away so the photographs not as clear as I would like but the beautiful markings are still visable.  Also while I was sat spotting, a Sparrowhawk flew by me, about 1m away and 1/2m above the ground, way to fast for me to capture a shot!

Redwing - Langley Bottom Farm 11/12/10

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…of 12.5kg of mixed wild bird seed and 20 fat balls (I know!!!)  that should last a while, although the squirrels are certainly helping themselves to a fare share! The heated bird bath is working superbly and keeping the water fluid on the coldest of days.

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…of hours over the Downs this afternoon, the sun managed to show itself for a while so it was quite pleasant, didn’t manage to get any shots but was pleased to see plenty of bird foraging for food after the winter conditions of the past few days.

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