Sunday, 21 November 2010

Unfortunately, I felt a bit under the weather this morning, a throat like I'd been eating sand all night and a 'hungover' type head ( no I don't drink!) so I didn't venture out this morning. I did harbour thoughts of a later visit, but I didn't feel any better by lunch time, so the day was lost :-(

I did spend some time watching the garden birds though, and although nothing unexpected was seen, I enjoyed good views of the 2 NUTHATCH, 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, 2 JAYS and a COAL TIT, that were all busy feeding together, plus all the common Tits and finches. Peaks of 16 GREENFINCH, 7 CHAFFINCH, 13 GOLDFINCH, 13 BLUE TITS and 4 GREAT TITS were recorded, along with just singles of DUNNOCK, BLACKBIRD, WOODPIGEON and MAGPIE. Two ROBINS chased each other about, and just 2 each of HOUSE SPARROW and STARLING were seen, how times have changed, once it would have been all Sparrows and Starlings :-(
Of course, every time the number of birds got to 40-50, the SPARROWHAWK would come crashing through, he must watch the birds build up from some vantage point nearby. I didn't see him catch anything today though.

Hopefully this bug ive got will be a short lived thing, and i'll be ok for a patch visit tomorrow.

The sun appeared briefly- very briefly, and allowed the following photo's.

Great Tit
Robin

Collared Doves, there were 9 crammed on this seed tray at one point !


12 comments:

Marc Heath said...

At least if you are under the weather, you can still get some quality birding done. Hope tomorrow is better.

Derek Faulkner said...

Don't drink - I thought you enjoyed a drop of wine, I doubt you missed anything out of the ordinary.

Warren Baker said...

Derek,
I even gave the wine up!

ShySongbird said...

I too thought you enjoyed the odd glass of red Warren and how can you know what a 'hungover type head' feels like if you don't drink? ;)

It sounds like you are in for one of those bouts of man flu :( Have a little glass of something red and medicinal :)

Jays to add to the envy list now!

Lovely photos from the garden. I get lots of Collared Doves together and Wood Pigeons too.

Hope you feel much better tomorrow, sending a hug :)

ShySongbird said...

Sorry Warren, didn't realise you were on the waggon!

Warren Baker said...

ooooh! thats better song bird, hugs cure everything, thankyou.

PS in my younger days, I was an eight pints a night man, it would of been nine, but I fell over before getting the ninth - such a sad git :-(

I now avoid all alcohol, I even recently gave up the red wine.

ShySongbird said...

Ah! Maybe a sensible idea then, we don't want you being hungover and not able to bird your patch, that would never do!

Warren Baker said...

Songbird,
you hit the nail on the head! when I used to drink alot I was not getting out early, so the beer and wine had to go :-)

Derek Faulkner said...

Blimey Warren, there has to be room for the odd drop of red otherwise getting old will be really depressing. Don't become totally sad.
Better to buy an alarm clock, that way you can have a drop and still get out early.

Warren Baker said...

I'll stick with my ice cold OJ Derek :-)

Bob Bushell said...

A drop of man flu, I think that what they call it. Nice pictures even when your down.

Dean said...

"Hopefully this bug ive got will be a short lived thing, and i'll be ok for a patch visit tomorrow".

Don`t you mean you`ll be ok for work, Warren ;-)