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

Blown In


My what a stormy weekend, high winds, lashing rain and hail.

Mr Uphilldowndale tells me the wind ‘had some north in it’; all I know is that a large flock of redwings and fieldfare have blown in.

I set off down the field late this afternoon to try and photograph them, but if I tell you that Spud the dog,  Jammy and Dodger the kitten-cats insisted on coming too, you’ll perhaps understand I didn’t have much success.

The birds were soon spooked, and wheeled off into the evening sky

Redwing Feildfare

Not to worry, I rather like the silhouette look, granted it would be better if the birds were in focus…

Redwing Feildfare 2

And you’re going to have to squint very hard to find the bird in the next one, but I like the patterns made by the remaining stalks of the ash leaves.

Redwing Feildfare 3

One of the best views of redwings I’ve had was from the window at the dentists, but if its all the same to you, I’ll not go there again for a wee while.


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.

5 thoughts on “Blown In

  1. I am keeping my eyes peeled for redwings and fieldfare here but I haven’t seen any though they are about. I know what Mr Uphilldowndale means about the north in the wind.

  2. Loved this…Bing likes the birds…on the beach!1!!!!!

  3. Well, I squinted, but I’m not sure I spotted the bird. Still, this time of year is appropriate for silhouettes, and I quite like the little guy in the lower left of the second photo.

  4. The only place I ever saw redwings was … at the bottom of my garden. I didn’t spook them because I was watching them through binoculars. (My garden is THAT long!) Obligingly, they had flown in specially for the Big Garden Bird Watch that year.

  5. It sounds like you had similar weather to what we had here last weekend. Lucky you seeing redwings and fieldfares. I’m off to the dentist on Wednesday for a regular checkup.

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