14 Dec 2010

Rave - on

A great party on Hilbre Saturday with Obs members turning out to celebrate the 50th birthday of Scottish exile Mark Eden. Plenty of wine and spirits flowing to warm the cockles along with a delicious hotpot cooked by Harriet.  Unfortunately I was driving so couldn't partake of the generous quantities of wine unlike some who had to be poured into their house!

After a night out Saturday following the Hilbre party I wasn't keen to rise to early Sunday but spent the day mooching around putting up Christmas decorations and walking Molly around the local fields. Highlight was 20+ Waxwings flying overhead and heading west. Despite asearch of the nearby industrial estate they couldn't be refound so I assume they headed off towards N Wales. The Raven has reappeared and gave a fantastic display in the bright sunshine as it rolled around the sky displaying in vain as there were no other Ravens in the vicinity.

The garden feeders have attracted both a male and female Blackcap whilst numbers of other birds continues to increase - especially the finches.


Denzil said...

Hi Phil

I'd like to say that I think that you're taking some absolutely superb photos again.
It's very hard to pick a favourite,but the close up of the male Chaffinch is as good as they get.
It's true to say that the Feeders are getting very busy at the moment,although we only get a resident flock of around 20 House Sparrows,a few Great and Blue Tits,a very occasional Coal Tit,and the odd Chaffinch.
We did manage some Redwings,Fieldfares,and a female Blackcap during last years cold spell,but sadly none of these so far this year.
I popped down to Frodsham Marsh the other day,where there were plenty of birds 'Milling Around' but without there being anything special to report,although a couple of Jack Snipes from the ditch adjacent to the Weaver Bend was a pleasant surprise.

Cheers Denzil

Phil Woollen. said...

Thanks Denzil. Jack Snipe seem to be everywhere at the moment.