This morning I rose bright and early (maybe not so bright with the cold and the comfy factor of my bed thrown in) to count birds for the annual Big Garden Birdwatch which the RSPB organise each year. It was my first time watching and counting but the year before I was using this very data to write my dissertation which was looking at the decline of British bird populations against climate change - it seems like a lifetime ago now - oh university!
I thought it would be silly not to use my Goldfinch pen :D Tea was an absolute must this morning too - this mug was given to my last Christmas by my lovely friend Lauren, she added a load of photos of my favourites including Supernatural, Merlin and Sherlock.
I saw a lot of different birds - Blue, Great and Coal Tits showed up and I managed to get a good few photos of the Blue and Great Tits. The little Blue Tit loves the half coconut shell. I also saw Chaffinches, Blackbirds a Songthrush and Dunnocks and a Robin, as well as a gang of House Sparrows!
This little Dunnock had it's back to me when I snapped a photo but was in and out of the garden when it was less crowded by the House Sparrows.
The Blue Tit again.
By around half 8 the sun was rising nice and high which was lovely. I hadn't watched the sunrise yet here so it was a nice, new experience for 2015 and you could feel the heat coming through the glass which was very welcome as it was a chilly one this morning!
A few Great Tits made a big appearance too - they're so lovely.
I also found this lovely purple flower in the garden - no idea what type of flower it is so if anyone with Eagle eyes can identify, that would be welcome! At first I thought it was a Thistle but it looks slightly different to any Thistles I've seen before.
I also found my first Snowdrops of the year!
And the final sunny start to the morning after completing the Birdwatch. You can see my neighbour's feeders which were full of birds too so they've had a good feeding this morning between our gardens!
Little brief photo of one the House Sparrows too - who were flitting about in and out of the garden after the watch was over.
And a final Blue Tit photo - they're very sweet!
Did any of you take part in the Birdwatch?
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!