What I miss most, being without my sweet camera, is the trips out to the bay. I haven't been able to get my wheels to move themselves to the bay. So I found it only fitting to add a few pictures of the birds in or at the water-side.
Anyway, I've promised Old Crow to post a few Jackdaws, so these I have here also.
When we moved in in 2000/01 we would get a flock of Finches move in to come and feed in our garden for the winter before leaving again in March/April. The flock would consist of Goldfinches, Siskins, and Greenfinches. Male Chaffinches would be around the garden already, all year around and others would arrive from the continent. Flocks of Chaffinches would leave from Belgium, from where the females would leave first and the males would come later.
The flock of Fiches did not show up in October of 2006/07 and instead of arriving before winter, they arrived in March/April 2007, and to my surprise they stayed to breed. I need to add that this was a much smaller flock than the one which used to overwinter here.
2 pairs of each species did visit during 2007, at times, and these were the only ones I would be seeing at a time. A far cry from the 6 Siskins hanging at the peanutfeeder in the early years. Last year I did not see much of them, they might show only now and then until say, summer, and from that time I haven't seen any Siskin, Greenfinch or Goldfinch. However, that is the charm of birds. It is what they decide to do! Not what I want!
My Chaffinches were crying out to be added to today's post too, as they do each day.
So, this was last March.
Here are a Mute Swan and two Redshank, one of which is so curious it needs to have a closer look at its mate. in Bantry harbour.
And two young Mute Swan, Cygnets.
Also, and why not, two of last year's pics of Nina.
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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