Thursday, 22 February 2018

By bike, car and foot.



This week with the finer weather i have got back into riding my bike, we have lots of lanes and track around where we live. Some of the smaller roads are not safe to walk on, riding round on your bike you get to see things you might otherwise have missed. 

In the fields I found a flock of Fieldfare , Curlew and Starlings.


I came across some friendly sheep.








I have to say it was FLIPPING COLD but fun all the same.



Back home got the car and drove down to a well known flooded field, on Facebook they had mentioned there was a few new birds about.
There is a lovely cafe and shop too.



Wigeon (thanks Pam)

At the far end of the pond was a Shelduck, both new birds for this years list. On the other side of the road , not as flooded were, Black headed-gulls, Common gull, Oystercatchers, Lapwings and what we think is a juvenile herring Gull.








Back in the car I called at Caring for life (garden centre, restaurant) they have a nature walk, with food out for the wild birds.




Bulfinch, Reed bunting, Goldfinch, Chaffinch., all feeding.

Blue tit
Great tit.


Out of the corner of my eye spotted this bird running back and forth to the feeder, turned out to be a Water rail.


Water rail
Tree Sparrow.

Aconites amongst Heuchera
This is the first time I have seen this flower, don't know much about it at all, is it wild or a garden plant ?




Lets hope next week is not too cold... stay warm.

27 comments:

  1. Wow you always see such interesting birds. And I love the curious sheep! A lovely post as always. X

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    1. Thanks Shazza, had a wonderful day. I would love a sheep, these were happy to be patted.

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  2. Cracking photos! Love the sheep-nose-shot - brilliant!

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    1. Thank you kjsutcliffe for the lovely comment, setting of on my bike I noticed the farm had llamas, but I was so cold,will go back another day.

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  3. Beautiful images Amanda - especially love the sheep with four horns and the sky reflections in the pond. Under the bird feeders in winter at Ladywalk NR near here is the best place I know to see Water Rail :)

    Have had a look at books re: winter aconite - according to Collins Flower Guide it was introduced as a garden plant in the 16th century and has now naturalised.

    A lovely post Amanda with some good sightings :)

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    1. Thanks RR, for the lovely comment and looking up about winter aconite, it's a beautiful flower. So pleased I got to see the Water Rail.

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  4. Lovely photos, I think the petals on the flower look a little Crocus like but I don't think i've every seen one before either? It's great you're getting out on your bike, i've never been a confident cyclist!

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    1. Thanks Pam, only seen flower on peoples blogs, so pleased I got to see them.Quite a few at Cookridge.
      Did a lot of riding when I lived at home but the best thing is I have a electric bike, helps you get up all the hills round here, I love it.

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    2. An electric bike sounds like the way to go!!

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  5. Great photos of all the birds you saw on your travels, love the sheep photos too:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, It was a good day for the birds, best bit was finding the friendly sheep though...

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  6. Very special to see a Water Rail Amanda. A Tree Sparrow, I should be so lucky. Still not seen one.
    A lovely collection of images.

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    1. Thanks Roy, very pleased to see the water rail, only second one I have ever seen. We are lucky to have Quite few Tree Sparrows in this area, doing well I think at the moment.

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  7. Lovely collection of moments here, I love sheep with horns like that - I cannot think what breed they are though right now. It's always lovely too meet a herd of friendly, curious sheep and what a treat to spot the water rail! I've never seen one.

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    1. Thanks Louise, I think they are Jacob sheep, I would so love to be able to keep sheep or goats.

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  8. Some beautiful photographs, especially the Robin. We're hoping to start riding our bikes again soon, but not before I've acquired some padded shorts! X

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    1. Thank you so much Jules, I am very lucky to have an electric bike, and yes padded shorts are a must :)

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  9. So enjoyed finding your blog. I live in Maine and Pennsylvania (USA) and loved the photos of your feeder visitors.

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    1. Thank you so much Susan for stopping by and taking the time to comment, so pleased you like the photos.

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  10. Yes, what a great time you have been having, Amanda, despite the weather - which I imagine got pretty bad. I was snowed in here for a week! I think it must have been cold for the Water rail to use the feeder - they are such shy birds here! I have always assumed the Aconite to be wild (though we usually see it in a NT woodland) - so pleased, and not surprised, that RR has been able to enlighten us! The sheep up against the wire is adorable. I wonder what breed of cow...

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    1. Thank you Caroline, the water rail was my first realy , as other one I saw was in a photo of another bird I was photographing. The ban door was open to let some fresh air in I think, there was a whole row of these cows, they look stunning. Next time I'm there I will try and find out.

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  11. What a great selection of photographs.
    I particularly like the robin and the friendly sheep.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, glad you liked the photos, hope you are well.

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  12. Love to read about the birds Amanda, some lovely images.
    Aconites are escapees I believe. I love the ruff around the flower.

    Tea looked good.

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    1. Thank you so much Cheryl for the lovely comment.

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  13. Great range of bird species. A field of Fielfares and Curlews seems like a great discovery to me.

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    1. Thank you David for leaving a comment, I had a great day looking at the birds.

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