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

The Bed Head Bird


I glanced out of the lounge window at first light this morning and caught sight of the lesser spotted bed head bird.

Bed Head Bird -1

Plumped up for maximum warmth ( it was -4.6c) and looking a little dishevelled  I think it’s a Mistle thrush (or could it be a Song thrush?) it  was having a spot of trouble with an irritating itch behind the ear

The Itchy Ear Bird -1

Its pal had moved on from ablutions to breakfast, and was finishing off the berries on the cotoneaster bush.

The berry Bird-1

Another garden visitor has been a little less willing to pose for photographs, yesterday under the apple tree, feasting on the remaining apples that Spud has yet to bring indoor and smear on the lounge carpet a bird I think is Fieldfare

Feild Fare 1-1

I think there is a mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwings, up in the top fields

Feild Fare -1

Nothing  here this afternoon looks as sunny and bright as in those last two shots, as at the moment we are in the midst of a snow storm. I filled the bird feeders about midday just as the snow started and the birds have stayed away,  but now, just before dusk there is a flurry of activity, as they stock up on much needed calories for the night. Sleep tight little birds.


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.

7 thoughts on “The Bed Head Bird

  1. Very nice bird pictures. Well spotted and captured.

  2. I love this post! Yay for you for taking care of our little feathered friends.

  3. Lovely. “Your” birds make even the gray day seem warm and cozy.

  4. Good pictures, and I agree with your identification. Lucky you seeing birds that I don’t see hereabouts. xx

  5. How splendid the plumage looks when it’s all fluffed up like that. The spots are all separate and well-defined. I hope they had somewhere cosy to roost, and plenty of other birds to snuggle up to. I don’t know how they manage at this time of year. One morning I found a collared dove dead at the bottom of its tree last time we had a hard frost. It must have just fallen off its perch. So sad.

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