Thursday, 23 February 2012

Another bird in the bush and some shadows

This shy individual is a Fieldfare, attracted by the particular berries on this tree.
In late summer the tree looks like this, but the birds have stripped it almost bare.
None of the regular visiting birds ever touch these berries, apart from the occasssional pigeon.  Sparrows, robins, blackbirds etc all ignore them, but they attract Redwings and Feildfares to come into our garden, when we otherwise would never see them.

And now for something completely different...
Another shadow that amost makes the TV look as if it is switched on.


  1. What kind of tree is it? I'd love to see fieldfares in my garden.

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  4. OK - going to try this one more time!

    I've never heard of a fieldfare - I guess we don't have them over here. It's nice to have a bush that attracts a particular species of bird. We have a bush that attracts beautiful, large yellow and black butterflies in the spring.

    It's a lovely, sunny and warm winter day today, but I hear we are about to get dumped on!

  5. I bet the birds are pleased for those berries in winter! He looks a fine little fellow.

  6. I don't think we have fieldfares over here -- at least not in our neck of the woods. Our neighbor severely cut back his olive tree, which is sad in one way, because the American robins would stop over on their flights north and the cedar wax wings too. This was the tree Henrietta would roost in. Henrietta was our visiting hen for about ten months a year or so ago. If you want to see her you can probably search my blog. I had quite a few stories about her.

  7. I haven't seen a Fieldfare in the garden, Rabbit, but we do get them in the countryside around. My main reason for keeping a cotoneaster in situ is because it attracts birds that wouldn't normally visit. x