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Great Tit

My RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Count

I have been getting ready for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch for several weeks now.  I always like to feed the birds in the garden in the winter, mainly to help them, you understand, but it is wonderful to be able to watch them so closely.  As the Birdwatch date approaches I find myself watching that bit closer and finding tastier morsels to put out in the hope of being able to record something unusual.

This last week I have been fortunate to see a female siskin and two bramblings along with the usual visitors.  What excitement!  However I think it must have been the low temperatures we were experiencing then, because come Birdwatch time and higher temperatures there was no sign of them. Do they know we are trying to count them do you think?  Well that’s just how it is!

Here is just a selection of the birds I see in my garden:-

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Great Tit

Great Tit

Long-tailed tit

Long-tailed tit

Coal Tits on a Cherry Tree

Coal Tits on a Cherry Tree

My aim is eventually to have a go at painting all my local birds.  There’s a long way to go but the research will be enjoyable!

 

Painting Again!

I’m still having internet problems!  At least now its not a problem of no internet, just very, very slow internet.  It is very frustrating and makes you realise how much you have come to depend on it.

I have been having a lovely time lately.  Gardening work ceases for me at the end of December and doesn’t begin until March so I can concentrate more on my painting.  Having more time means that more thought goes into a painting and in my case I try to give more attention to composition.  This has always been difficult for me as I am too impatient when I have an idea of what I would like to paint.  I know it is best to plan a painting carefully, but if I am enthused by an idea I usually plough straight in and worry about the setting later.  This usually results in either too little space or too much to put in a realistic background.

Feeding the garden birds in winter is such a joy as you get wide a variety of birds on the feeders.  I have been watching some coal tits and decided to paint them as they waited in the ornamental cherry tree which hangs over our garden from next door.

Coal Tits on a Cherry Tree

Coal Tits on a Cherry Tree

They are such lovely birds, as are the long-tailed tits which come in gangs about 4 o’clock in the afternoon almost smothering the fat ball holder

Long-tailed tit

Long-tailed tit

One bird I hadn’t seen this winter was the Greater Spotted Woodpecker, but at last today it was there on the peanuts.  It is such a magnificent creature, although the other birds  do not seem to appreciate it.  They all keep well away when the woodpecker is around.

GS Woodpecker done

Greater Spotted Woodpecker

The warmer weather this year seems to have had an effect on the winter visitors.  I have seen no bramblings or siskins on the feeders.  Such a shame!