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Bunting On Bracken

Bunting On Braken

Bunting On Bracken

It’s NOT a snow bunting but it is in the snow. It’s NOT on reeds but it is a reed bunting! Bird watching can be ever so confusing 😉

Reed Bunting in the snow

These were taken on Friday morning in Bushy Park, with a smattering of snow. The bracken is a hiding place for lots of small insects that the birds are feeding on. There were bunting, wrens, robins, great tits, blue tits, chiffchaff  and stonechats all flitting in and out of the bracken near Heron Pond. They can be hard to spot! I listen for the song and look for movement to find my subjects, but sometimes you don’t know they’re there until you’re almost on top of them and they take flight.

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ShareMondays2019 – On Frozen Pond

On Frozen Pond

ShareMondays2019 – On Frozen Pond

My little patch of Surrey didn’t get much snow but there was just enough to capture a few wintry scenes at Bushy Park on Friday morning. Not a single heron in sight by Heron Pond! The gulls had left some interesting tracks in the light snow cover on the frozen pond and the scene really lent itself to a minimalist, high-key process. This one’s for both ShareMondays and the Fotospeed challenge this week.

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ShareMondays 2018: Sheltered

Sheltered

ShareMondays 2018: Sheltered

I couldn’t resist a few snow-themed photos from yesterday for my posts this week! I just loved this robin, perched under the boughs of one the conifers on the lawn at RHS Wisley Gardens, sheltering from the chill wind. I thought he’d be a nice piece for today’s ShareMondays post.

I also want to say sorry to many of my followers who’ve been leaving me lots of lovely comments and not receiving replies! I usually do most of my social media chat and notifications on my phone but it’s playing up at the moment. I need to upgrade it but have been patiently waiting for the latest Sony Xperia to be released! Until then (fingers crossed in the next week or so) I am still putting up with a phone that crashes when the battery drops to around seventy percent. Normal service, and responses, should resume shortly. I hope you’ll continue to be patient with me!

The Riverside WalkWintry ReflectionsSpring and Winter collide at Wisley

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Fieldfare In A Flap

Fieldfare In A Flap

Fieldfare In A Flap

When Storm Emma hit the South on Friday afternoon, fieldfare flocked to the front of RHS Wisley Gardens, to shelter by the shop and feast on fruit remaining on the trees in the carpark. There was such a frenzy of bird activity! My lead image is my favourite from the afternoon so I thought I’d put it into the mix for today’s Wex Mondays challenge. I expect most of the images being entered today will have a snowy theme to them. I look forward to checking them all out on Twitter later on!

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A Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand

Today I took my friend, Sam, and her daughter, Mylie along to Wisley Gardens to see the Butterflies in The Glasshouse but my Photo of the Day is Sam’s highlight of the day, a robin feeding from her hand 🙂

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Mylie was captivated too but didn’t want to get too close to the mealworm and seed mix I’d brought along to give to the birds!

The snow is thawing now but the birds still need some extra food and fresh water to get them through to Spring. Which brings me nicely along to my links for the day!

This weekend is The Big Garden Birdwatch with the RSPB. In conjunction with this, RHS Wisley are hosting an event there with guided walks and experts from the RSPB on hand to help. Visit both sites to register (RSPB) and for times of the walks (RHS). You can, of course, take part in your own garden or a local park!

RSPB – http://tiny.cc/etb4qw

RHS Wisley – http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley/What-s-on