Some people have all the luck. I had a phone call today from Ian about a bird that had been in his garden. Not just briefly either it spent a long time, allowing Ian a good opportunity to observe it. He had noticed that the normal level of bird activity in the garden was absent, and for a very good reason. The visitor was a Peregrine falcon. Now I am not normally envious of the birds other people see, but there can be limits!
I pondered long over identifying this one! A small group, about 5, of right bruisers of finches which spent time beside a table with seed both loose and in a feeder. Brambling was the other candidate but not enough black or pink about the breast so I am going with Hawfinches.
They left me heading into the garden at the Farm House.
Steph reports that since the snow came, she has a resident male yellowhammer in her garden (she notes that it doesn’t appear to be ringed). It has no doubt come in from the open countryside, where they usually reside, to take advantage of food in the garden.
There are also Bramblings around our garden, feeding with the chaffinches.
It seems we have returned to the depths of winter with a good depth (at least 8") of snow and deep 3-4 feet drifts along both the Church and Kinnaird roads. . . On .Saturday 17th February we heard Oystercatchers, always a sign of approaching spring. Now they have probably de-camped back to the coast! Snowdrops and Aconites covered by snow!