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

Mother’s little helper


Despite the cats best efforts I managed to complete my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this morning.

cat helping

The roll call included, blackbird, wood pigeon, tree creeper, nuthatch, greenfinch, chaffinch, long tailed tits (my favourite), wren (feisty), robin, dunock, jackdaw, song thrush (so beautiful) and  goldfinch galore. Not bad for one hour.


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.

4 thoughts on “Mother’s little helper

  1. We did the Great British Birdwatch too – your rural rollcall of birds overlaps a surprising lot with those we saw in our rather more built up spot at the junction of Berkshire, Hampshire, and Surrey. The long tailed tits turned up in the nick of time, and we only spotted them as they were fussing around in an energetic group on our most distant bird feeder.

  2. I couldn’t get myself organised to do it and now I feel bad.

  3. Good for you. I’m a touch envious of what you saw. xx

  4. I like to participate in the Australian bird watch day too. I do so love all the birdlife that we both get our farms. We are blessed.

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