Young Robin - taken 2009 in back garden - Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland


When was the last time you actually watched wildlife in your back garden?

Today? Last week? Can't remember? In today's modern world, we are finding it increasingly difficult to relax and take time out from work or family. This blog is to remind you all of the free entertainment that we can enjoy each and every day - WILDLIFE!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Winter Wonderland

(Sorry it's a bit belated!)

We awoke yesterday morning to a winter wonderland and a menagerie of feathered friends!

What a nice way to start 2010!

We took a walk to our local woods (Knocksink Woods) which was covered in snow - there is something quite magical about snow, it makes you more aware of the landscape, especially when there's nobody else around.

The small pond was nicely frozen ...

We saw quite a lot of deer tracks going down to the rivers edge, unfortunately we didn't see any deer though.

We also saw some other tracks which we have no idea who they belong to. Again these were going down to the waters edge and we only saw one set of them.

If anyone has an idea of what they are, I would be grateful.

Back home and the garden was still just as busy with Blackbirds, Magpies, the usual array of Tits (including Long Tailed I'm happy to say!),

Dunnocks, Chaffinches, Robins ...... even the Bullfinch edged a bit closer ... though still not close enough for a decent photo!

And we had another new visitor who was taking an interest in the chopped apple.......

A Blackcap!

We even had 3 Greenfinch land on the nut feeder briefly, before being chased off by the Robin.

All in all it was a very good day for garden birds, I'm hoping this is a sign of things to come!


Warren Baker said...

Yep, this cold weather will bring in the birds Sharon, they really need feeding in these hard conditions.

Great to see you have a Blackcap, and i'm sure that bullfinch will come out in full view soon!

Enjoy the birds!

ShySongbird said...

Lovely, chilly photos Sharon :)

Lovely to see the Blackcap, I am still hoping the ones we had last Winter will come back.

Kelly said...

A Happy New Year to you too! I'm with you...snow turns any landscape into a magical fairy land, and the birds look even sweeter against that white backdrop!

Chris said...

Hi Sharon,
Well you got snow but you also got birds to see and take pictures off... They are much more easier to see when it is cold and snowy!! Here we got the snow, we are getting low temps, but not that many birds!!