Bird Weekly · Photo Challenge · Photography · Wildlife

#BirdWeekly ~ Photo Challenge ~ Ducks and Geese #nature #wildlife #photography

Lisa Coleman’s Bird Weekly challenge this week is all about ducks and geese.

The Canada geese were photographed at Conwy nature reserve

as was the Shelduck. There are large numbers at the reserve between January and May, then they relocate further along the valley to nest.

I hadn’t seen eider ducks before but on a visit to Amble in Northumberland there were lots of them in the harbour. The first is the male, the second the female. They are seaducks, nesting around the northern English and Scottish coasts.

This little duck family were enjoying life on the river Avon

Bird Weekly · Birds · Nature · Photo Challenge · Photography · Wildlife

Bird Weekly PhotoChallenge ~ Waders #Birds #Nature #Wildlife

Week 3 of Lisa Coleman’s bird weekly challenge is waders ~ any bird that forages for insects, molluscs and crustaceans in the shallows of practically any body of water.

Oyster catchers are quite common on the beaches and estuaries.

The redshank and lapwing were photographed at the RSPB nature reserve at Conwy

The heron had his eye on something but didn’t go for it, not while I was watching anyway.

The little egrets were also photographed at Conwy nature reserve.

Friday Fun · Nature · Photography · Squirrel · Wildlife

#FridayFun ~ A Determined Squirrel #Nature #Wildlife #Photography

This particular feeder held niger seeds which are tiny, so the opening for the birds is very small. Not to be discouraged though…

Squirrel on birdfeeder
Birds · Blue Tit · Dunnock · Nature · Photography · Robin

Life in the Garden #GardenBirds #Dunnock #Robin #BlueTit #Nature #Photography #Wildlife

We’re still under fairly strict restrictions here so I’ve been enjoying watching the garden birds.

I think the dunnock and robin are juveniles? They look very fluffy. This little one is having a stretch before settling down for a sunbathe.

A baby blue tit having a peek at the outside world.

The adults are keeping up their energy levels with plenty of seeds and nuts.

Lots of tasty insecty type treats to be found in the shrubs and plants

Birds · Goldfinch · Nature · Photography · Wildlife

Goldfinches in the Sunshine #GardenBirds #Nature #Photography

There are lots of goldfinches about this year and they seem to like spending time at the very top of the conifer tree in the garden of a house at the back of ours.

Am I getting the what are you doing look…

Goldfinch in a tree

Can you just make out the little insect that might be meeting its end very soon

Nature · Photography · Robin

The Robin ~ The Nation’s Favourite Little Bird ~ #Nature #Robin #Photography #GardenBirds

What is it about our national bird, the robin, that captures the imagination? It has a friendly human name, although the original name was just redbreast or Ruddock. It’s become a symbol of Christmas and we love to see them in the garden.

The robin has many connections to folklore and has ecclesiastical links dating back to the 6th century AD. One explanation for the red breast originated with the idea that a bird tried to pull thorns out of the crown of thorns during the Passion of Christ. In reality it’s a warning…stay out of my territory.

A surprising fact (at least to me) is that the association with Christmas began with Victorian postmen who were known as Robin Redbreasts because their uniform included red waistcoats, and are thought to be the inspiration for robins appearing on Christmas cards.

Robins are likely to stay around the nesting area where they hatched. I hope that’s true as there are some of the next generation in the garden.

Singing robin with young birds
Birds · Birds · Dunnock · Nature · Photography · Raven · Wildlife · Wren

From My Window #Photography #Birds #Nature

I haven’t seen a wren for such a long time, it was a treat to see this one collecting nesting material.

wren collecting nesting material

This dunnock framed himself perfectly in the lattice fencing

Dunnock on fencing

I know there’s something down there!

Dunnock digging for insects or worms

Going for the above ground option

I cheated for this one and stepped outside. The raven is still hanging around the rooftops.

Raven on the rooftop
Birds · Blue Tit · Goldfinch · Nature · Photography · Raven · Robin · Wildlife

Breakfast with the birds…and then a Raven came to call (edited)… #Birds #Nature #Wildlife #Photography

Blue Tit on he feeder eating nuts
Robin on the seed feeder
Goldfinch eating seed
Raven on the roof in the sunshine

Edited to add…I now believe it’s a young crow not a raven 😒