Sunday, February 5, 2012

Garden Watch

For a Southern English wimp outdoor birding was not an option today . The forecast was snow and wind with temperatures not rising much above zero. This is unusual for Spain but can happen when you live at 400 metres above sea level and the rest of Europe is in the grip of a cold snap. Even Majorca had snow on the beaches.
I decided to set up my camera by the lounge window do an English style garden watch.

I made sure that there was plenty of bird food in the feeders, fresh water in the bird bath and settled down to see what would turn up.


Chaffinch, House Sparrow and Greenfinch were the first to arrive closely followed by Blackbirds and Spotless Starling.
After about half an hour I was amazed to catch a glimpse of a Rock Bunting with its head jammed into the seed feeder. Obviously not used to free food.

The bird decided to fly into our plum tree just below the window and posed well for the next photo.

The Rock bunting was quickly followed by a Crested Tit, Great Tit and a female Blackcap among the Ivy. A Sardinian Warbler turned up for lunch but was too quick for a photo.

A blizzard stopped any more photo opportunities but the birds remained in the garden sheltering from the bad weather conditions.

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