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March 2nd Mystery Garden Bird and Pro Climbers March 2, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — lletty @ 8:35 pm

Just a quick post to wish everyone a belated Happy St David’s Day. We were going to celebrate with Leek soup for lunch  and Welsh cakes for tea but the weather intervened! The bitterly cold wind blew and blew and the temperatures dropped  and dropped and our pipes froze! The house is warm and toasty  but no water meant cooking was  a bit of a waste when there wasn’t enough water to wash up…. and I’m a VERY messy cook!

Anyway,  we have  fortunately missed the really bad snowstorms  but the wind has caused real problems for all the little birds. They have found it difficult to land on the feeders!

Today we have had an assortment of different birds  and I’d like to know what this one is. It’s the size of a puffed up song thrush and sat for a long time outside the kitchen window. There have been redwings in the garden today  but this one looks different …any ideas?


These are the redwings today.


The wagtails were busy finding worms in the frozen ground and staying well camouflaged on the  snowy grass.


Just on the branch under our mystery bird hopped  the tree creeper usually seen running up and down the fence or tree trunk.


The nuthatches were out in force today with at least four fighting for food at the same time.


Blue tits, Great tits, Marsh tits, long tailed tits and coal tits all visit the table but not when my camera is handy or when I can get them all in focus !!




No bird table would be complete without our robin.



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12 Responses to “March 2nd Mystery Garden Bird and Pro Climbers”

  1. Sympathies with the frozen water – you’re the second person today who’s told me this has happened. But then it’s been so cold!! I do hope it’s back on soon – really tricky to manage without it! We’re proclimber fans too! Best wishes

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks for reading Julian. At least we have electricity, a wood burner and lovely neighbours with bottles of water! Our bore hole is unfrozen just the pipe work leading from the top underground to the pressure chamber in the workshop …first time it’s happened so we’ll have to plan for the future! Hope your sheep are OK.

      • Marianne… You can’t beat the simplicity of a wood burner, can you? Even if the power goes off, at least you know with a stack of logs you’ll be warm. Hope you’re water thaws soon… I suppose it really is an indication of just how chilling the winds were – we had lower overall temps back in 2010, but still our water was fine – as you say, at least it’s happened towards the end of winter, so should only be short term, and we can all plan for next year!
        best wishes

      • lletty Says:

        Thank you Julian. The ice in the pond is slowly melting this afternoon so our pipes should be clearing too. We should be turning the taps on tomorrow if all goes well! Hope so! Some daffodils have straightened up this afternoon too …such survivors!

  2. Greetings from snowy London. We think your bird is a fieldfare. May your pipes unfreeze soon.

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks for reading Philip. I think I was so surprised to see this ‘large’ bird on the bird table and so close up that I wasn’t sure what it was. Now looking Fieldfare up in my book I think your are right. I usually see them far away up the field. The cold has brought so many birds to the garden that I’m spending all my time just looking out the window. Thank goodness for my delicious honey ( from you) and lemon drink that keeps me going! Hope the conditions ease off for you in London too and then we can all get back to ‘normal’! Take care.

  3. tootlepedal Says:

    The top bird might be a field fare if it was thrush size. The proclimbers did good work.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. I’ve got my bird book out and it does look like a Fieldfare so thank you. The willows are now safely cut and can’t damage anyone or anything now but it was a shame to see them go. We are very fortunate to have the Proclimbers nearby. On their way here yesterday there was a tree across the road and blocking it so they had to cut it up and remove it all before they could come to us. Just as they finished the Council lorry turned up to find their job done!

  4. Marie Says:

    Oh dear no water! I JUST HOPE IT COMES BACK SOON.

    Lovely photographs of the birds. I agree with tootlepedal. I would say that the first bird is a fieldfare because I had two of them in my garden yesterday. I do feel sorry for the poor birds in this weather.

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks for reading Marie. I think it must be a Fieldfare but I’ve never seen one so close up before! We’ve had lots of different birds on our bird table this last few days as they must all be struggling for food and water with the ground so frozen. Trouble is I’m using the bottles of water from our neighbour’s house to top up the bird bath which freezes as soon as I pour it in! Jim can’t understand why I’m getting through so much water!! Hope you are OK…stay warm.

  5. I hope that it warms up enough to thaw your pipes soon so that you’ll have water!

    I can’t identify the bird in question, but it looks like several others have already. It was nice to see so many birds in one of your posts. It may not be the best of circumstances, but I would be pleased to pass the time watching them at the feeders.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. The bird in question is a Fieldfare. A friend has pointed me in the direction of a Facebook page…BBC Springwatch and there there are photos of the Redwings and Fieldfares that everyone seems to be seeing at the moment. They have flown in from Scandinavia. The lack of water in the house means that all the housework chores have had to be abandoned for present…hooray…so I can watch the birds without any guilt! It is gradually getting warmer today and the ice is melting off the pond so by tomorrow, hopefully, the pipes will be unfrozen and water will once again be on tap!

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