Today’s guest picture is another from the seaside outside our son Tony’s new house on the north shore of the Forth. As well as seal spotting, he has been curlew catching.
We had very little encouragement to do anything outside here today as it rained on and off the the whole time in a very dispiriting sort of way.
Although a little rain doesn’t seem to deter the bees which I find rather surprising.
And the mint is enjoying the weather.
(I meant to put it in yesterday’s post but I forgot so I will mention that the rain for last week, as measured by Mary Jo’s scientific rain gauge, was 4 cm or just over an inch and half.)
Luckily I had plenty to do, including some local shopping in the car, preparing a beef stew for the slow cooker and grappling with a very tricky crossword so time passed quite cheerfully.
What made a gloomy day feel better was the second visit in two days of a nuthatch. I didn’t have my camera set up and it flew off but I set the camera up at the kitchen window more in hope that expectation of a return visit and was rewarded when the nuthatch not only came back but hung about on the elder…
…and gave me a hard stare when it caught me taking its picture.
It is a beautiful bird and a very rare visitor to our garden indeed so this was a special treat.
While I was finishing off my cooking, I was looking at the feeder again through the window as I worked. The nuthatch was long gone and there was nothing out of the ordinary, just a couple of chaffinches…
…who soon gave way to greenfinches flying in from this side…
…and that side.
After lunch, with the rain still coming down, I sanded down the new garden bench which is sheltering in the garage for the moment and gave it a coat of decking oil. Then I adjourned for some flute practice and watched a bit of the F1 race on the telly.
In this way, I passed a quiet day very comfortably. Mrs Tootlepedal went to sing in the church choir in the morning and then devoted herself to curtains.
In the evening, while I was preparing some potatoes to go with the stew, I cast a hopeful eye on the feeder. There was a sole soggy goldfinch to look at…
…until, very satisfactorily, either the same nuthatch returned…
…or one remarkably like it.
It descended onto the seed feeder and waited until I had got the best picture that poor light and the handheld Lumix would allow.
…and then it flew off again.
I hope it becomes a regular visitor, at least for a while.
The stew turned out well and we had a few raspberries from the garden with a drop of cream to follow. All in all, what could have been a very dismal day turned out well.
The flying bird of the day is probably jumping more than flying!
25 thoughts on “Right bird, right camera(s)”
Wonderful bird pictures today…..thank you!
Thank you for looking at them and taking the time to comment.
Wonderful photographs of that nuthatch and maybe two! Glad you had a good day despite the rain.
It’s always fun to see something new or rare and I’m glad the nuthatch paid you a visit.
Even in the rain the poppies are beautiful.
They look better in the dry so I am hoping for the return of some sunshine and warmth before they go over.
The bird pictures are extra special today. Thank you.
It is always a pleasure to see a nuthatch.
Loved the pictures! 🙂
What pretty markings the nuthatch has. I’m glad they/it popped by.
It is one of my favourite birds, so elegant and neat.
Delighted to see the nuthatch, and what an excellent picture of the curlew by the Forth.
Your nuthatches are more brightly colored than ours in NH. As well, you may be getting some heat as ours moves out to sea, so hopefully there’s that to look forward to.
There is talk of a little more heat later in the week. I hope that it is true as we are a bit chilly for the time of year just now.
Tony’s shot of the curlew is impressive. Looks like he gets his photo skills from his dad. How marvelous your little nuthatch has taken to visiting and posing for a portrait… despite the hard look! It seems he figured you meant no harm.
He is taking the pictures on his phone so he is doing very well.
Amazing what those smart phones can do!
Wonderful photo of the jumping bird! We have lots of nuthatches in our backyard. I think they are fond of wooded areas.
They are indeed and that why is is so rare for us to see one in our town garden.
Great catch of the nuthatch in mid-jump! It’s nice to see one coming to your feeders, I also hope that it sticks around.
Sadly I haven’t seen it again.
That nuthatch really gave you a good staring!
Wonderful nuthatch photos and a photo of a curlew too!
The nuthatch is a very pretty little bird. I am glad it showed itself to you so that we got to enjoy it.