I managed to get a short fix of nature this morning whilst self-isolating at home but I didn’t stay long outside as, with a strong north-easterly wind, the temperatures had plummeted.
The bird feeders in our garden continue to go down but I get little or no opportunity to photograph the birds on them because as soon as I go in to our small back garden the birds disappear. I can see them from the bathroom window but that’s too geeky for even me to photograph them from there. Consequently I am restricted to photographing birds discretely with a long lens in neighbours’ gardens or on nearby rooftops.
The wood pigeons were easy to spot but I didn’t see any of the collared doves which have been around recently.
There seemed to be more house sparrows this morning. It is very encouraging to see them as, although once quite abundant locally, they had disappeared in recent years.
I could hear goldfinches but didn’t see any today.
The dunnocks appeared again and instantly made for the car across the road to look at themselves in the wing mirrors or at their reflections in the car windows.
Dunnock getting ready for the day ahead
On the same wall I also saw a robin.
In a distant garden there were a pair of blackbirds. I haven’t seen any locally recently but I have heard them. That’s the next thing – recording bird song!
The best I could manage of this male blackbird
On the roof tops there were jackdaws, crows and magpies.
Before going in I spotted a huge bee busy on a flowering red currant next to the back door.
I made a mental note to myself to learn the names of different types of bees. As Simon Barnes writes in the Sunday Times today:
” I can’t kiss you. I can’t buy you a pint. I can’t invite you to drop by and watch the football. All I can offer is the best thing in the world. Nature”. He goes on to say:
“It all starts with noticing. The second stage is seeking the name, and that will give a greater intimacy, as names do.”
But enough was enough and I disappeared indoors to find some chores to do.