On Boxing Day , I visited my parents grave on the occasion of their wedding anniversary . Three birds caught on camera :
Green Woodpecker , and a male Pheasant .
On the 27th. a quick look around the church in Hayes , produced none of the expected Winter Thrushes , but did produce a female Blackbird , with an almost Ring Ousel look about it .
Yesterday , the 28th . brought three Fieldfares into the bottom end the garden . I got a record shot of two of them , but as I was watching them start working their way up to where the food was , I caught sight of one of the local cats , crouched under some bushes , so had to chase off the Fieldfares before they got into good photographic range . I also chased off the cat .
This morning , as he has most mornings this week , the male Greater Spotted Woodpecker breakfasted on the fat and seed mix , stuffed into the holes on an upright log . This afternoon , I checked the berried trees again , finding only a single Fieldfare on Cotoneaster berries in a roadside garden . I then had a very quiet walk up on the Common , and as the drizzle started , I checked one of the Oak trees near the car park . After a very poor year for Purple Hairstreaks , I was well pleased to find 4 PH eggs in as many minutes . Hopefully , this will mean a better year for the species . The drizzle became rain , and I headed home .