Today didn't provide the same sort of excitement as yesterday , and fewer species were seen coming to the garden to feed , although the sight of both foxes in the garden at breakfast time , did give a good start to the day . A poor shot I know , but they were chasing around the garden like mad , and the shot was taken through double glazing . Just one each of Fieldfare and Redwing were sighted in next door's garden , neither coming to feed in ours .
Lunchtime provided the laugh of the day , as , while we were eating , a male Blackbird appeared , disappeared , only to re-appear at the log standing on end with fat and seed in the drilled holes . He was flying up to the fat/seeds , grabbing what he could , before gravity brought him back to the ground , only for him to bounce straight back up again for another grab . This was what he was after , about 2 mtrs. up from the ground , and as can be seen , quite often he managed to grab a beak-full . The Great Spotted Woodpecker won't be too happy , as he spends quite a bit of time feeding on this every day .
After lunch , in a bit less grey period , I headed for Keston Ponds for a look around , not expecting much . I wasn't disappointed , as probably 95% of the water is frozen over and just one small area of the top pond has open water , probably kept open by the waterfowl themselves . One worrying sign , in the fresh blanket of snow over the frozen pond , footprints from one side of the pond to the other , unbelievable . No sign of the Grey Wagtail in her usual place , where water runs between two of the ponds , but in the little tunnel that carries the water , a set of icicles , with the water running below , were just waiting to be photographed . Apart from the odd Robin and a mixed Tit flock , I saw very little else , but on the way home along the bottom lane , I noticed a Fox bounding across the open paddock up on the hill . It would have made a good shot , but by the time I safely stopped , the Fox had reached the tree line . Almost home , I spotted a Redwing in a tree planted along the pavement , and as I slowed another joined it . I stopped on the other side of the road , and more flew in , and flew down to feed on a Pyracantha bush , in a front garden , overhanging the pavement . I stared shooting , and had managed 10/12 shots , when a car pulls in and parks , right in front of the bush , and frightened the Redwings off , not to be seen again . I am posting my favourite shot that I managed before the car arrived , another gymnastic effort , just like the male Blackbird .
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