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Saturday, 19 January 2013

A Garden 'Lifer' - on 18th January, 2013

I suspect that most places in England had snow falling pretty-much all day yesterday, and we were no exception here. Prompted by my pal Titus, I did a check and reckon we had about 6 inches (15 cm). I didn't attempt to venture out, but some did - and regretted it! In fact I had great difficulty in tearing myself away from my study window, as the birds were going mad.

During breakfast we had a garden first for the year in the form of a Redwing, which only stopped briefly in our cob nut tree.

Shortly after breakfast we had a garden 'lifer'. OK, so it's not a rare bird, but it really excited me! At first I thought we were being visited by a Song Thrush, as we sometimes see one in the garden if we have a harsh winter. However, something didn't look quite right through the falling snow, so I raised my bins to it - Mistle Thrush!! I only got rubbish images because of the low light and it being about 14 metres away through the falling snow, but I have to include it here 'for the record'.

Mistle Thrush - our garden
The day continued to be manic, with an estimated 10 to 13 lb (5 to 6 kg) of bird food being consumed, but not as manic as Doug McFarlane's by the sound of things. I spent most of the day concentrating on Bramblings - more on this subject in my next post.

Music

I'm still not sure if I'm going to continue with appending music clips to my post. I have decided, however, that I'm dropping ensuring that each clip has a connection to the previous clip. Instead, I will concentrate on influences and favourites, mainly in a chronological order. So here goes!

One of my earliest musical likes was Ricky Nelson, so much so that I ensured that I became known as Ricky, rather than Richard. When Mr. Nelson changed his name from Ricky to Rick in 1961 I followed suite soon after. I'm still known as Rick by family and older friends, but decided around 1975 to revert to Richard in a work environment, and this then became how introduced myself to all new acquaintances - except when I had my blues band!

This is a moody ballad from Mr Nelson.


16 comments:

  1. We used to have a big holly in the front garden, before it was blown down in a gale, that always had a heavy crop of berries and was always defended by a mistle thrush until it had scoffed all the berries. Wonderful stormy weather birds. Haven't had one in the garden since.............

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    1. Sorry to hear of the loss of your holly bush Phil. Did you replace it with something for the birds?

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  2. Congratulations on a new garden bird! Hope you feel better. I've been out of commission for over a month with flu. No fun!

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    1. Thanks Wally. Sorry to hear that you're suffering - over a month must be a real drag! I hope that you're better soon!

      Been over to your site (love the Ospreys), and must try to suss out what this Google + thing is and what 'circles' are (in the Google + context). Not really into this social networking thing (other than Blogger).

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  3. Good luck with Google+ it gave me brain ache lol. It seems looking around various blogs and twitter that Mistle Thrush have been popping into a lot of gardens, just hope the birds in more rural areas are ok. Nice post Richard

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    1. I've spent the last 15 minutes looking at Google + Doug and come to the conclusion that I'm 50 year too old!!

      Prompted by the desperation of the birds in our garden, I too have been worried about the birds that don't have the benefit of a helping hand. It's been a really rough twelve months for them!

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  4. I would be really excited if I had a mistle thrush in my garden, it must of been great to see. From Findlay

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    1. I can assure you that it was, Findlay. I hope that it might return some time, but it didn't come down to feed (not when I was looking, anyway) so I suspect that it won't be back.

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  5. I would love a Mistle Thrush in my garden, so, if you will let me, divulge the secrets of a Mistle Thrush of yours.

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    1. Not sure what brought us the Mistle Thrush, Bob, as I didn't see it feed. I suspect, however, it was curiosity and the hope of food and drink, because of the large numbers of birds hanging around our garden.

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  6. Flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings have moved down South, a Fieldfare nearly collied with our car this morning.

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    1. I suspect that a lot of birds are moving south at the moment Linda. So pleased to see the "nearly" in your comment.

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  7. Well done Richard,great Lifer in the bag.
    John.

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    1. Thank you John. The birds are cerainly compensating for this spell of snowy weather.

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  8. Nice bird anywhere these days, but a Mistle Thrush in the garden....excellent Richard. I actually feel we were one up on you yesterday though as we had a Song Thrush in our garden which really pleased us all.

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    1. Thanks Pete. I guess it depends on what you're used to. We've had Song Thrush every year since I started records (except this year) - hence my excitement at the Mistle Thrush 'lifer'.

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