Saturday, 21 April 2012

Golden Days

It's always a bit sad returning from holiday, but at least I have stacks of images to sort through to remind me of the long tranquil days in Coquetdale. Unfortunately I haven't had much time to process them in earnest as events in the garden have kept me busy. No, not mowing the lawn (meadow) or tiding the borders, nothing as mundane as that, it's just that my resident goldcrest have been extremely active and for once on show. Normally they feed at the very top of my silver birch, but as they are nest building they are coming out into the open seeking nest material and of course feeding on the abundance of aphids.

                                                   No need for insecticide with these hovers about.

                                                        Collecting cobwebs for the nest.

Two jays nesting close by come to devour my nuts, oops! sorry, the nuts I lay out for them, but they have to play second fiddle to the goldies at the moment as I fear these Golden Days will be over all to quickly.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Fighting Godwits

During the recent fine spell of weather I managed a brief visit to Marshside. I timed my visit for the last couple of hours of golden evening light, even so the light was still strong and contrast on the birds was still extreme.
The treat for the evenings entertainment happened as two black tailed godwits decided on an altercation right in front of the viewing screen.