I don’t consider myself to be a Twitcher but I do enjoy birdwatching. The hide at National Trust Calke Abbey always has a good variety of birds that come onto the feeders and into the surrounding bushes & trees.
My first spot was this Great Spotted WoodpeckerA white board in the hide lists recent birding sightings, Winter visitors the Brambling and Siskin had been seen although neither spotted for a couple of days so I wasn’t feeling very hopeful…..but then I saw one, a Brambling pecking around finding food on the floor with some Chaffinches.
Fantastic selection….Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and a SISKIN although he had he back to the camera!
Christmas card favourite, the Robin
The cool February air blew around the viewing windows and after sitting still and watching for well over an hour, my chilly hands and feet needed warming up. A visit to the restaurant was defiantly a good idea for a delicious warming hot chocolate with Marshmellows and sprinkles, I couldn’t say no to a slice of Chocolate sponge!
Feeling content and warm it was back to the bird hide for just a little longer before heading home. It was starting to get dusk and the feeders had seen so much activity during the day that they were almost empty.
Coal Tit perched on a mossy twig
The mossy twig is obviously a good perch, here’s a Blue Tit
The Woodpecker and Siskin returned and this time the Siskin posed for my camera
Just as I was leaving a Redpole (I think) and Nuthatch flew in.
These photos were all shot using a Nikon 200mm lens, I really would love at least a 300mm, thankfully the quality is great and you can zoom into the image alot without losing definition.
Can you spot the Woodpecker on the left photo? On the right is the same shot but cropped.