Monday, 21 January 2013

And it snowed and snowed

More snow arrived overnight as it did for large parts of the country and it continued on and off for much of the day. I took the day off work rather than travel although I still ended up doing some work to stay on top of my emails. What did we do before emails? I think it was something called talking.

Anyway the garden provided plenty of distraction as 5 Siskins joined the Goldfinches and other garden regulars. A male Blackcap also put in a few appearances and is at least the fourth Blackcap seen in the garden so far this winter. I will let the pictures speak for themselves from here but all were taken in the garden today.
The scene that greeted me this morning.
male Siskin (Carduelis spinus). All 5 Siskins visiting the garden today were males.

male Siskin (Carduelis spinus).

male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus)
adult female Blackbird (Turdus merula). There is quite a variation in the plumages of female Blackbirds with this being one of the more well marked birds.

adult female Blackbird (Turdus merula).

adult male Blackbird (Turdus merula)

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