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      December 2014   
     28th Dec

    Whilst attempting to catch my blue tit with one foot missing, to take to Cuan Wildlife Rescue , I saw this one that was quite expertly using only one foot while feeding. It was making use of its wings to help with balance, just like the other one I was trying to catch, this is what first attracted my attention to it. It looked to be in very good condition apart from its right leg, which it was making no attempt to use. You can just make out the right foot in the slowed down video and the still frames at the end. I caught the other one, with the missing foot, and its now at Cuan Wildlife Rescue having treatment for a scaly mite condition. At least its now in the warm during this cold spell and I will be keeping a eye on this second one for while to see how in progresses.

    VIDEO     Blue Tit using one leg only       28th Dec 2014


     24th Dec
  Feeding your garden birds is more important than ever as we approach the cold and short winter days, one way of providing extra nutrition for them is by putting out fruit in the form of apples and pears.

     VIDEO     An Apple a Day       20th Dec 2014

    20th Dec
     A look back at some of the wading birds that I have seen at my local nature reserve, Venus Pool, just 6 miles south of Shrewsbury. It's good place to see a wide range woodland, farmland and wetland birds as well as a variety of waders during the spring and autumn passage seasons.

     VIDEO    Wading Birds at Venus Pool       20th Dec 2014

      5th Dec
  Now that winter is here it's good to see the wren back full time in the garden, it comes out from cover to be fed whenever it sees me in the garden and always makes a call as it collects it's mealworm, which I interpret as thank you !
Although the commonest bird in the UK the wren is more often heard than seen, it searches in low bushes and undergrowth, tree roots and rocks for spiders, flies, small caterpillars and sometimes ants.  It is a fascinating bird to watch as it is always on the go and hopefully I have caught some of its character in these photos.
An alert Wren Wren with spider
Wren in flight Wren Singing
A fat Wren Wren in snow

Click on image for enlarged view.


     VIDEO     Wren -  Troglodytes troglodytes       30th Dec 2011



Welcome to my new blog. I live in Shrewsbury and although most of my blog will be a diary and observations about garden birds I will inevitably be drawn out to the beautiful surrounding countryside of Shropshire, from the meres in the north to the rolling South Shropshire Hills.


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    Tips on Photographing Garden Birds

  I am just an enthusiastic amateur bird watcher and photographer with a keen interest in understanding bird behaviour. I will occasionally try and pass on a few tips that I have picked up that you may find useful  when photographing birds in your garden.



A selection of some of the 39 species of birds that visit my garden. I have gradually changed my urban back garden into a wildlife friendly area by adding water features, fruit and berry bushes & trees and letting the ivy cover the fence, trees and back of the house. I have introduced a rough grass area and encouraged wild flowers such as trefoil, knapweed, nettles & teasel to grow. By year round feeding & adding nest boxes I have recorded 39 different species of birds including predators, which I suppose is a sign of a well stocked wildlife garden.

 The 39 garden bird species captured on film or photographed: Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Brambling, Bullfinch, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch. Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Collard Dove, Common Redpoll, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, House Sparrow, Jay, Lesser Redpoll, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Robin, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Stock Dove, Willow Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Wren. and a Garden Warbler no photo



My list of Shropshire bird photos:

Arctic Tern,  Bar-headed Goose,  Barnacle Goose,  Bee-eater,  Bewick's Swan,  Blackbird, Blackcap,  Black-headed Gull,  Black-tailed Godwit,  Black Redstart,  Black Swan,  Blue Tit,  Brambling,  Brent Goose,  Bullfinch,   Buzzard,  Canada Goose,   Carrion Crow,  Chaffinch,  Chiffchaff,   Coal Tit,  Collard Dove,   Common Sandpiper,  Common Redpoll,   Coot,   Cormorant,   Curlew,  Dipper,   Dunlin,   Dunnock, Egyptian Goose,   Fieldfare, Gadwall,  Garganey,  Golden Plover,  Goldeneye,  Goldfinch,   Goldcrest,   Goosander,   Great Crested Grebe,  Great Spotted Woodpecker,   Great Tit,  Green Sandpiper,  Green Woodpecker,    Greenfinch,  Greenshank,   Green-winged Teal,  Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail,   Greylag Goose,  Herring Gull,  Hobby,  House Martin,   House Sparrow,  Jackdaw,  Jay,   Kestrel,   Kingfisher,  Lapwing,   Lesser Black-backed Gull,   Lesser Redpoll,   Linnet,  Little Egret,  Little Grebe,   Little Ringed Plover,  Long-tailed Tit, Magpie,  Mallard   Marsh Tit,  Meadow Pipit,  Mistle Thrush,  Moorhen,  Mute Swan,  Nuthatch,  Osprey,  Oystercatcher,  Peregrin Falcon,  Pheasant,  Pied Flycatcher,  Pied Wagtail,  Pink-footed Goose,  Pintail,  Pochard,   Raven,  Redwing,  Redstart,  Redshank,  Red-legged Partridge,  Red Kite,  Reed Bunting,  Reed Warbler,  Ringed Plover,  Robin,  Rook,  Ruff, Sanderling,  Sand Martin,  Scaup,  Sedge Warbler,  Shelduck,  Shoveler Duck,  Siskin,  Skylark,  Snipe,  Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk,  Spoonbill,  Spotted Flycatcher,  Spotted Redshank,  Starling,  Stock Dove,  Stonechat,  Swallow,  Swift,  Teal,  Tundra Bean Goose, Whooper Swan Tree Sparrow,   Treecreeper,  Tufted Duck,  Turnstone,  Waxwing,  Wheatear,  Whitethroat,  White-fronted Goose,  Wigeon,  Willow Warbler,  Woodpigeon,  Wren,  Yellow Wagtail,  Yellow Legged Gull,  Yellowhammer,

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