Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Blue Sky Thinking



willow Blue Sky for two days, wonderful but that was last week, today we’ve had sleet hail, rain and high winds. Mr Uhdd and Tom have been to a fell race in Wales, staying over in a climbing club hut, they went last year, Tom said it was so draughty you could fly a kite indoors.

 Blue tit  

I think Joe and I made the right decision to stay at home.I’ve been able to do some gardening, which was both good and over whelming at the same time, not much got done last summer, there seems to be an awful lot of remedial work to be done.

I’m getting closer to the long-tailed tits,  it seems they just sort of get used to me being around the garden, and after a while and come down to the bird cake anyway. But it does mean I’ve been weeding with the camera stuffed down the front of my jacket.

Getting closer 

Long-tailed tit, windy day

But who is this little bird, it sang so beautifully, can anyone tell me please?

Who is this


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

14 thoughts on “Blue Sky Thinking

  1. You just seem to get better and better – a person could actually tell what birds those are, should a person be, um, knowledgeable about birds to begin with. I like the little fellow who looks as if he just got out of bed.

    • It was a bit blustery, the wind ruffled his feathers, their little legs look soooooo fragile

      • Hello! Loving your blog from here in stinky old london!

        I was wondering if you would allow me to use these 2 pictures of long tailed tits for an illustration I am working on? Please do have a look at my website and check out my work:
        The picture would be in the same vein as the picture of a swallow … if I do use your picture I can send you a print of the illustration once it is finished 🙂

        Look forward to hearing from you!
        All the best,


  2. arh, mrs uhdd, i am addicted to your blogg, your pics of them ikle birdies are lovely! sara.xx

  3. That second to last photo is wonderful! xx
    I don’t know what that bird is in the last one. Have you tried the RSPB’s bird identifier

  4. You are having such charming birds! Lovely photos!

  5. Such sweet birds, and beautifully clear photos 🙂 Well done! I’ve posted photos of birds in my garden today, but I’m not much help in identifying your tree-topper. I’m getting to recognize some UK birds from your posts. Hope your fellows enjoy their Welsh adventure ~

  6. Well, I went through the RSPB link. It says it might be
    a Dunnock (no)
    a Sparrow (no)
    Mrs Blackbird (too grey, right?)
    A Garden Warbler (but they’re summer visitors – is it summer?)

    (yes, I should be working)

  7. That is a very similar circuit to the one I took, everything I thought it could be, isn’t here yet, I might have to ask a man that knows such things, but he’s not an emaily Internet sort of guy. I’ll have to print it off and knock on his door!

    I should be working too, blogging is my water-cooler conversation, when I’ve no one to talk too

  8. I’d have guessed dunnock, but it’s hard to tell from that angle.

    Love the longie caught in the breeze

  9. Excellent photos, Uhdd. That little blue guy is just gorgeous and love the third one. Really well captured.

  10. I think the guides where you can listen to the bird singing is great, you probably know a lot already, here is one more: http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/

  11. Check out Black Cap?

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