The weather in these parts, as in virtually everywhere in the UK, has been pretty foul for some time now. Just when we think that we are in for a spell of dry sunshine it starts chucking it down with rain again. The land is soaking wet, and the new rain just isn't sinking in. In general, bird-watching (for me anyway) has taken a bit of a 'back seat' over the past few weeks.
However, there is one place I know where a spell of bad weather really brings the birds in - my back garden ('back yard', to those of you over the other side of the pond)!! Now that the wet weather is accompanied by cold conditions (often freezing), the birds are visiting us like never before! Bird-food consumption has tripled over the past few weeks, and the garden year list has been added to with birds that we don't usually see. Today we beat all previous year counts! Incidentally, for my garden list, the bird has to actually land in our garden - fly-overs don't count.
I didn't manage an image of the Redwing that visited us recently, but I did manage record shots of Blackcap (first for the year, and two of them!), Brambling (first since the winter of 2010/2011), and Lesser Redpoll. The latter two images were taken today, when it was really dull and damp (1/60 second at ISO 1250).
|Blackcap (male) - our garden|
|Lesser Redpoll (male) - our garden|
|Brambling - our garden|
I'm now hoping that these birds become regular visitors and decide to visit when the weather is fine too. Then I might get some better images.
The same also applies to Bullfinch. Whilst a little more commonplace than those birds mentioned above, they are only occasional visitors to our garden, usually only during foul weather, and I need to get some better images. These are my two most recent efforts, and I am far from happy with them.