Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s American adventure. No prizes for guessing the name of this animal.
We woke to an unexpected scene this morning….
…though it was only unexpected as it had arrived sooner than I was expecting.
There wasn’t that much of a snowy scene though when I walked down to the river after breakfast….
…and although it was only just above freezing all day, the snow tended to fade away as quickly as it had come.
While it was there, it made a good background for a greenfinch on the feeder….
…and the brighter light showed off the rich colours on the back of a dunnock which often looks like a rather dowdy bird.
It is one of my favourite garden birds.
I also like blue tits so I was pleased to see one in one of the sunny patches that interspersed the day. You can see the nippy wind ruffling its feathers.
Because the wind was blowing briskly from the ‘wrong’ direction, the birds couldn’t hover when visiting the side of the feeder where I usually catch my flying visitors and there were very few birds today anyway, not surprising when this sort of thing happened.
I stopped trying to get a FBotD shot and went off to have lunch at the Buccleuch Centre with Mrs Tootlepedal in an effort to forget the weather. It worked well as we had an excellent meal.
After lunch, I settled down to work at my computer and time fairly flew by. When I looked up, the sun was out again so I put on my coat and went for a short walk. I was hoping to see river side birds and I wasn’t disappointed.
Mr Grumpy was catching some late afternoon rays…
…and the ducks were doing likewise.
Crossing the Sawmill Brig, I looked down in the hope of seeing a dipper.
The Lumix did exceedingly well considering that it was quite far below me and in shadow.
The moss on the wall had survived the snow….
…and I was impressed by the enthusiasm of this clump which had managed to find a place to grow between two cut logs.
On the side of one of the logs, I could see the the seed holding cups of another moss. The brown ones are empty (I think) and….
…the green ones are still in business.
In spite of the low sunshine, it was very nippy and the clouds behind Whita were beginning to look threatening…
…so I took a picture of some fine pines…
…put my camera in my pocket and headed home without stopping again.
I got in just as it started to snow.
It is promising to be colder and to snow more tomorrow. What fun. All the same, there are many parts of the country both to the south and north who are having a harder time than us so we mustn’t grumble.
Under the circumstances there is no flying bird of the day so the dunnock creeps into the frame instead.