Thursday, 1 October 2015

Another Pleasant Day Spent In Retirement

Shot of the Day

It was a lovely morning when I went to take my turn at filling the feeders although there was a sharpness in the air. Mist nets were all set up ready for Dr Barlow to do some ringing and recording. I sat for a while enjoying the peace and quiet and watching various species of birds coming and going. I noticed the likes of the coal tits tended to rush in and grab a seed as fast as possible and make a hasty retreat whereas the chaffinches and siskins were more likely to to take their time and peck away at their leisure after sitting for about half an hour I received a text message from Tootlepedal inviting me for coffee at Wauchope Cottage which was very welcome as it was rather chilly despite the sunshine.

Lately I've been fortunate enough to have two nuthatches visit my feeders and they are either desperately hungry or have become very tame as I can work away within two meters of the feeders and they just ignore me. These are gorgeous little creatures and by far my favourite small bird and I feel privileged that they allow me to get so close to be able to take shots at my leisure.The downside of all this is they appearance of numerous cats which lie in wait for an easy meal so I'm constantly warding them off. So if anyone has any ideas as to discourage them please let me know.


  1. Fabulous nuthatch shots.

  2. I used to be bothered by cats in my garden until one day I threw a shoe at one and actually hit it. Never seen a cat in my garden since. May just be a coincidence of course. Nice to see you back on the blog. Great photos of the Nuthatch.