Friday, 28 January 2011
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Monday, 24 January 2011
It was sheer delight to watch this pair of goldfinches on the niger seed feeder this morning. I have no idea how many there are in this area, but I hope this pair will breed successfully this year. They are such beautifully marked birds, with the soft focus chestnut breast and sharp black, white and yellow wing and tail markings, plus that distinctive splash of red on the head. Unlike many species of birds, male and female goldfinches look very similar and the best way of telling them apart is to look at that red patch. In the male, it extends further behind the eye, so I think in these photos the male is on the right.
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Thursday, 20 January 2011
This beautiful beast was in the garden this afternoon, munching the hebe bush. He looks in peak condition, with shiny fur and good, firm flesh on him. Muntjacs don't have a breeding season. Does can produce young all the year round. I am hoping we might see the whole family in the garden soon.
Monday, 10 January 2011
The young hedgehog has survived the show and was out in heavy frost two nights ago. It didn't run away from me - perhaps it is in a semi torpid state - so I grabbed the packet of cat biscuits that the cat doesn't like and threw a handful out. They were gone by morning, so I hope the hedgehog got them and not a neighbour's cat.