It turned out sunnier than forecast today so here are a few photos taken through the window.
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Saturday, 29 November 2014
The coal tit, Periparus ater, or Periparus ater britannicus. Coal tits appear to be monogamous and usually stay paired for life. However, all is not as it seems. Older males are particularly prone to cheat on their partners and father chicks by other females. Maybe the females prefer more mature males (sensible!) as they may have better genes for longer survival. See here.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
A great day out [watching] bird ringing with Chris W at Williwood. The day's catch included blue tit, great tit, coal tit, marsh tit, long-tailed tit, robin, wren, blackbird, dunnock, chaffinch and goldcrest. A few highlights are shown below.
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Carduelis carduelis, meaning thistle finch. In truth they could feature in this spot any week as they are here in the garden all the year round. A few photos from this week in Autumn sunshine. Females (first four, perhaps) and males (last four, perhaps). Telling males from females in the field or in photos isn't easy (see here).
Thursday, 20 November 2014
The collective noun for jackdaws is a clattering. Recently at around 2 o'clock each afternoon a couple of dozen or more appear in the tallest trees in the garden and sit around clattering before flying off, presumably to roost. Today there were more than 50.