A few days into a new year, and the weather has been pretty
good; cold, frosty and some sun; apart from January 1st, when it rained nearly
In the past I've had a few days off to various places in
search of as many birds as I could see, to get the annual year list off to a
Couldn't be arsed this year.
My birding has been local areas where myself and Whisky can
enjoy being out together.
Second day of the year saw sunshine, and a Grey Heron at one
of the local lakes.
This was at Willen Lake, which also had plenty of these.
On the way home we stopped off at Caldecotte Lake and found
one of these.
Whisky also got to see a few of his friends, so a good day had by us both.
Yesterday the sun shone again, so after scraping the frost
of the windscreen, we set off to Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns.
A good walk round before it got too busy with other dog
walkers and people flying model aeroplanes. Not very much to see to begin with,
so we walked on to another spot across the road, called Incombe Hole.
I spent a long time watching a Red Kite flying over the
'hole', searching for food and occasionally swooping down to catch something.
A big flock of Skylark were moving through one of the fields
searching the frozen ground for anything to eat, and a large flock of
Goldfinches were feeding on the dried heads of Teasel.
Plenty of Redwing about, and good numbers of Fieldfare too,
all feasting on the berries on the trees.
After a few hours walking we headed back to the car, and
found another bird enjoying some berries.
December already, and the year now starts to draw to a
close. Whisky looks suitably unimpressed.
I had an indoor plant many years ago, that never seemed to
do any good, so I planted it at the bottom of my garden. To my surprise it
picked up, and is now a strapping six feet tall. It's also got some flower buds
Castor Oil Plant
The local lake, Caldecotte, has been host to up to half a
dozen Little Egrets recently. Not easy to get pictures of them though, they always
seem to fly off as I get near.
Not so the Herons though. They seem more than happy to pose.
Some gulls are happy to pose too.
Herring Gull with fresh oyster lunch.
Whisky will always pose
A trip to a local reservoir a couple of days ago found,
amongst other delights, this fisherman. I hadn't noticed he'd caught a tiny
fish until I saw the picture on the computer.
I went in search of some Mandarin Ducks a few days ago, at a
nearby country park, and managed to find a group of 5.
They look far too exotic for this country.
Back at the local lake, at this time of the year, it is
always good for these beauties.