The usual culprits were on hand. Magpies acting like delinquents. Blue and Great Tits flitting from bush to bush. A lone crow standing on guard like he/she does every day.
Then a big commotion as the Magpies grouped together to harass a lone Jay that had decided the peanuts on the bird table would supplement his diet. I see the Jay occasionally, due mainly because of the racket the Magpies make when he is around. Only rarely does he come down to the garden.
I went indoors for the binoculars and my camera and i just managed a shot of him before he left. Jays don’t stay in one place very long. They always seem nervous. So i was lucky.
A fine StarlingAs a rule i wouldn’t take a photo of a Starling, although i think they are underrated but they are common. They are intelligent and sometimes they can be very colourful as this one was.
I watched him for a few minutes and listened to the almost copy cat sounds he was making of a telephone. Then with the binoc’s i spotted a Long Tailed Tit. (2 images below). Again not a common visitor to the garden. I see them when i am doing our local walk so i knew they were in the area.
You can just see him and his red underside. I will try and get a better shot soon.
Yesterday was a good day, i visited Silverdale with the LDWA (plodders section). We did 19.6km, led by Martin Banfield. Its a stunning area with lots of history. I will try and get the post written up asap.
Sorry Conrad couldn’t make it, it would have been great to catch up.