Saturday, 21 November 2015

Brrr !!

 The weather has turned.      Mild days have left our shores.
 It is cold this morning.....wet......and the wind has a bite to it.
 Wet and cold gets through to my bones these days...........
 No doubt summer blooms will fade with these conditions.
 The birds wait patiently for me to fill the feeders.


 A Goldcrest looks for insects.    One of our tiniest birds 9cm
3 1/2 inches.    Can you see her?
A Nuthatch visits the bird table.............a regular visitor.

It feels like Winter is knocking on the door today but with this topsy turvy weather who knows.
I do know, I will not be gardening this weekend :)

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  1. Finished post....looked out of the window and it is snowing. It will not settle fortunately as the ground is still warm.

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  2. We had our first flurry of snow overnight - it has all disappeared now but I guess it marks the coming of winter. It has been so windy just lately and heavy rain that I just haven't been able to take any photos - so well done you for getting some lovely shots. And like you, there will definitely be no gardening done this weekend - luckily I have plenty of books to keep me occupied. Enjoy what you can of the weekend and keep warm.

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    1. I don't know how I took the images Elaine. My eyes were watering.....the wind is so biting.
      Pots are strewn over the garden etc etc.
      It has stopped snowing......I did go out, just to see if my Mother was ok. She was snug and warm.
      Have a good weekend.........

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  3. No snow here but the sun is out and the sky is blue and it is COLD! It has bee unseasonablt mild so this is more like it and will surely finish off those flowers which have continued blooming such as the nasturtiums! A time for indoor pursuits rather than gardening as you say this weekend!

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    1. You are so lucky to have sunshine and blue skies. I have forgotten what the sun looks like :)
      I also have nasturtiums in the garden Jane but feel sure that will not be around much longer.

      Enjoy your weekend.

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  4. No snow here yet, but a lot of rain. Despite the blurry weather you made some wonderful photos, Love that nuthatch, always see that bird in England but never in Holland.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Janneke..........It was a challenge getting the images as my eyes kept watering, due to the biting wind. Needless to say I did not take many :)

      I love the little Nuthatch........one of my favourite birds.

      Have a good weekend my friend.

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  5. We had snow during the night but it had gone by morning. It's mighty cold though and it's blowing a gale. Lovely photos, you have some fabulous birds visiting your garden.

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    1. I do so love to watch the birds. During the summer there is so much foliage that they are well hidden. Now is the time to see what species have been using the garden.
      The Goldcrest is so tiny. Sadly I could not get close enough for a good photograph but at least you can see her tiny head :)

      Have a good weekend Jo.............

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  6. What great shots of your birdies. I love the gold crest. We have a smiliar bird, Golden Crowned Kinglet.
    It is time for the first winter feeder bird count. I will be watching the bird feeders this weekend. It is supposed to rain here too. Stay warm. Keep the hot chocolate and tea brewing.

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    1. Ha ! Just drinking a mug of spiced berry punch. A non alcoholic brew that I bought from the farmers market today. It is delicious and very warming Lisa :) Wish you could come and join me..........

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  7. Gary and I looked at the field guides to see the difference of our birds. Similar yet different. Our nuthatch has a white line above the eye. Of course our chickadee is quite dull compared to your Blue Tit. Fun fun birding from the arm chair this morning. ;)

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    1. That is really interesting Lisa. I love the fact that you and Gary compare the birds.
      I can see you in my mind, it is wonderful you both have a common interest in the birds.

      Hope you spot some interesting birds today for the count :)

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  8. Beautiful images! Love the cyclamen. And that tiny little bird. Stay warm (and dry) this weekend!

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    1. Thank you Jandi.......
      That is just what I intend to do stay warm and dry. A log fire is already prepared in the hearth which I shall light this evening..........

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  9. Goldcrests are common around here, heard before seen usually, but a nuthatch would be new for me in Newark! Lovely pictures.

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    1. Hi Simon
      How lovely for Goldcrests to be common...I wish they were here :)
      Do you have pine forests nearby?

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  10. You always write so beautifully, I loved your little goldcrest, we had one in a as a chick this year, it was awful hard hand feeding it, it's beak was tiny! And funnily enough we had a nuthatch too....
    So you had snow??? Gosh! I hope you snapped some pics! Keep snug and warm around your stove!xxx

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  11. Snowbird, I cannot imagine how tiny the Goldcrest chick was......it must have been incredibly small.
    I wonder, did it survive.

    Indeed it snowed for an hour.....big flakes,, those that hit you in the eye :)
    I didn't take images....I sat in the conservatory watching the birds flit back and forth to the bird table..........they looked so pretty amongst the snow flakes.

    The fire is burning brightly.....I am sitting with my darling grandchildren and husband and of course, my loyal companion Nella........

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    1. I'm happy to say that the goldcrest and the nuthatch survived and both were released in the wildlife garden in the rescue were we put feeders out, it's lovely to see them as free, adult birds!
      Oh....I LOVE those big fluffy snowflakes.....and what a beautiful picture you paint....I can just imagine you all.xxx

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    2. How wonderful they survived......warms my heart....thank you for letting me know.

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  12. We are heading for colder weather too, Cheryl. Brrrrrr indeed! The only thing I did this morning in the garden was to hang a pine bough decoration on my shed door! Oh, and trim a branch of yew (yes one branch) to plant near my back deck. Someone told me that if you cut a piece of evergreen (not sure if they meant any species) and place it in the ground, it will root. So this is an experiment. And took all of 5 minutes. LOL.

    No snow yet - but not unusual for this time of year here. My daughter's birthday tomorrow and back in 1974 we had a huge snowstorm. I was lucky to get to the hospital on time.

    I thought the little Goldcrest was a Christmas ornament, tucked in the branches of your evergreen tree. Glad to read you are keeping warm around the stove with grands and hubby - and Nella of course. And hope it does warm up a bit with some sunshine.
    Hugs

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    1. Hi Wendy,
      I have never tried that with yew. I would imagine it would be best to do this in the Spring when the soil is beginning to warm up.......I could be wrong :)
      I have grown a pine from seed......it is still so tiny by the time it is ready to live outside, it won't be me planting it :)

      I took the image of the Goldcrest from the kitchen window. I knew if I tried to get close you take flight.......I wish I could have got a good image, she is so sweet.

      Heavy frost overnight brrrrr!!!

      Hugs

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  13. I do love your little Goldcrest. And your garden is welcoming to the birds especially in the cold weather.

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    1. Our birds need all the help they can get.....loss of habitat has taken there toll on a lot of species.
      Apart from that, I love to have them in the garden :)

      Have a good week

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  14. Brrr, yes it certainly has turned cold and I believe some parts of the UK have had snow!
    I know I've had to get thicker socks, my gloves and scarf out Brrr indeed!

    I love the Goldcrest, I didn't realise they were so tiny.

    I do hope your weekend has gone well, we had fun yesterday with family and our youngest grandson ... I had great fun being a 'big kid' ... precious times indeed.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan,

      We are back to milder conditions again. It is raining today but I think the sun will come out later :) I live in hope, I have forgotten what it looks like.

      Precious times for sure........Grandchildren keep us young at heart......

      Have a good week.......

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  15. It is cold here, too--our first snow arrived on Saturday, and it definitely feels like winter. I did manage to get a few final things done in the garden on Friday before the weather turned, but I won't be doing any more gardening till spring. But you have reminded me I need to fill the bird feeders--looking forward to watching the birds this winter. Hope you are having a good week.

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    1. Good morning Rose

      I am working in the garden today.......the freezing conditions have gone and we are back to a milder climate once more.
      It is damp though..........much too damp.

      Hope you are okay........read your comment on one of Lisa's posts....thinking of you and your dear Mother.

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  16. Hi, Cheryl! Thank you for sharing your close connections with nature. The photos are really lovely. Especially I like this one with the nuthatch visiting the bird table. You caught such a great moment!
    Claudia
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