Today’s guest picture comes from Jim and Sandra who are used to their bird feeder being visited by woodpeckers and nuthatches but got quite a surprise when this fellow turned. up.
Owing to the impending return home of Mrs Tootlepedal, I had a busy morning of tidying up, hoovering and floor sweeping. The weather was much better outside than it has been but the housework and my sore foot kept me firmly anchored at home.
The birds were also pretty busy and I had to fill the feeders as there was a steady stream of chaffinches…
…followed by a flurry of siskins and goldfinches.
After a cup of coffee, I stretched my legs to the extent of walking round the garden. The crocuses have not really enjoyed the very variable weather this spring , coming out early and then being battered by rain and wind, but here and there one can be found looking quite cheerful.
And the rosemary is busy flowering. It is a tricky plant to photograph so I was pleased to find a still moment with enough (but not too much) light to take a picture of it.
When I got back inside and looked out, a chaffinch and a siskin obligingly posed for me above the feeder…
…while they were waiting for a free perch…
…and a collared dove looked for fallen seed below.
I made some potato soup for lunch and after getting things sorted out for the evening’s camera club meeting, I tested my foot out on a very short three bridges walk.
I was hoping for some waterside bird life and spotted two oyster catchers on the gull’s usual posts. They were very vocal as I got near and flew off before I could get close.
Just below the sawmill brig, I saw a pair of goosanders and managed to get a fuzzy shot with the zoom well extended before they too…
…scooted off before I could get a good shot.
In the absence of co-operative birds, I had to be content with more static subjects like this script lichen on a tree…
…and these handsome bracket fungi on a fallen tree. They have withstood frost, snow, rain and wind without looking any the worse for wear.
The hazels were in full flower….
…and the willows at the Jubilee Bridge are breaking out too.
The wild strawberries which are growing out of a crack in the wall at the end of the Scholars’ Field are doing very well.
Just before I got back to our garden, I had to stop to record the flourishing flowering currant of our neighbours.
I had a final look round and then set off to Carlisle to pick Mrs Tootlepedal up from the London train. I was very surprised and pleased in equal measure to find that the station can now boast some very smart new seats for those waiting for trains to arrive. They are padded and very comfortable. I hope that they get treated with the respect that they deserve.
I didn’t have long to enjoy the comfortable seating as Mrs Tootlepedal’s train arrived bang on time and we were soon heading home.
When we got back, she pointed out this new daffodil whihc has just come out. It is called Rip van Winkle. I hope that we can get some nicer weather for it to show off its charms more fully.
After tea, I went off to the camera club meeting. There was a good attendance with the welcome addition of a new member and as usual, we got an interesting selection of images to enjoy, with nine members contributing. One good idea which was demonstrated was the use of a mirror to enable the photographer to take pictures of snowdrop flowers without having to lie on the ground. I shall definitely try that next year.
It was decided that we should make an effort to have a summer club outing this year and we shall have to think of where to go. We have a promising suggestion already and I hope that it actually comes off.
A female chaffinch makes for a neat flying bird of the day.
I should add that all is well with the world in spite of bad news in every continent and continuing sore feet because any day is greatly improved by the addition of a Mrs Tootlepedal.