How lucky am I to be able to sit and watch birds great and small from my window. I think these are bramblings, a bird I can’t recall visiting us before, there are greenfinches and goldfinches too.
We’ve moved the feeder, closer to a hawthorn, and it seems that with feeding wild birds, as in retail, the three most important things are position, position and position, there have been upwards of 40 birds visiting at any one time, the hawthorn shimmers with them. But hard to try and capture in an image, especially when it is snowing, as illustrated here..
This afternoon a buzzard was soaring over the field against a blue sky, always a treat, it used to be rare to see to them here: and last week we had several sightings of a raven, much bigger than a rook and being mobbed by them, it was his distinctive call and a check with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust members on social media that confirmed our suspicions.
Saturday’s weather lifted everyone’s spirits after a week of snow ice and rain: even if the mood of the day was tempered by the news that after eight days without a telephone connection, thank you Doris, we now face at least a week, probably more, before can expect to be reconnected, as the repair involves new cabling, requiring traffic management, cherry pickers and cable drums.