sudden , flew up onto the top of the Laburnum , and posed , with his back to the camera . Eventually , he did get his breakfast , then retired onto the sunny side of a conifer to digest it . A smaller number
of Fieldfares this morning , just about 40/50 arrived and settled in the Sycamore , only problem being
that the cupboard is as good as bare . This was the area where I photographed the 17 birds amongst plenty of berries just a short time back . A couple of birds were finding the odd berry , and a few more were finding the fallen berries below the bush , but not enough to satisfy all those hungry Thrushes waiting above . So , all together , they were up and off to find another food source , and haven't been seen again this afternoon . Breakfast over , I set off to do the bird survey at a very cold Down House , the car thermometer read -6C on my arrival . What seems to be the average species count was true again this visit with 17 species being recorded , the best of them being 7 Fieldfare in two small groups . The small meadows have got sheep in them , but the large meadow , apart from the footpath which runs diagonally through it , still has pristine snow covering it . Pristine apart from
And finally , commiserations to Simon , who gave out the information , and others who went to Mote Park today , hoping to see the 11 Goosander , which were nowhere to be seen . Yesterday was so lucky for myself and others , but , I suppose , that is birding .