Bird Observations Day to Day.

Monday, 9 January 2006


Today Stuart and I went out for a bit of a 'Twitch' that is knowing a certain bird is there and going to that place to get it for our list.  At this time of year if you miss a wintering bird you then have to wait till November or December to try again and if it is a mild winter they may be late in coming in then you will not have it for your list.  The bird we went out today to see was a Smew. The picture in not mine just borrowed but I just had to let you see this wonderful duck. This is the male the female is not called a Smew she is known as a Redhead and looks totally different from the drake.  It took us a while from the heated observation lounge but we did see him eventually. It has been a very cold day with a very cold wind so we were glad of the shelter.   Some of you will remember that in August I posted pictures if a field of sunflowers out the back road where we stay.  I can't remember if I said at the time that we thought it would be great for the finches in the winter. Today we called round and we were right there must have been about 300 finches there were Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Brambling to name but a few. The light was terrible so we will go back on a brighter day and see what's what. Not a bad outing for such a horrible day but it does keep you occupied for a few hours as we tend to go a bit stir crazy if we are kept in for too long.  That's it for today. The yearly total is now 54. It's hard going just now.  Love




  1. I haven't seen a Brambling for over 10 years, lovely birds. Thanks for sharing.
    Sylvia xx

  2. That sure is a beautiful duck. We have a place at the wildlife santuary to view ducks... I think I will check it out if my husband will go with me.... we too are always looking for something to do in winter. Sandra

  3. ally1231305859189 January 2006 at 19:11

    54 already Joan, you are doing well - love this Bird watching journal of yours - Smew - Redhead....Hope you are going to ask us questions at the end of the Ally

  4. Hi Joan, that`s a very pretty duck, one I`ve not seen before. I like his crest, very impressive. :o)

    Sandra xxxx

  5. Thank you for 'Sharing' love the pictures!

  6. Joan what lovely mum told me l'd love your site and she was right...l adore the birds in our garden and we are lucky cos we have Cley just a few miles away and Wow what a paradise for birdwatchers....Lyn (Allys daughter)

  7. What a wonderful pass time for the winter months, I never thought of it and I'm happy to have run across your journal because now I have a new and wonderful thing to do in the winter.  Your pictures are pretty and your words are very discriptive.


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Hi, I'm Joan I live in Scotland with my hubby of 48 years. We are both retired and enjoying life to the full well nearly. We are always out and about doing this and that. We love the countryside and do a bit of birdwatching and even twitch from time to time. We also visit art galleries and hubby does a bit of watercolour painting. Me I read a lot mainly thillers. I have been been keeping a journal for over five years over on AOL but we are being thrown out so this is my new home.