Friday, December 23, 2022

πŸ“– 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 ~ Merry Christmas 2022

Not many outings recently due to the weather and other commitments so a final post before Christmas as family naturally take precedence over the coming week or two. 

iPhone photo of circa 80 Waxwings from the car window

With Christmas in mind on a shopping trip to Aberdeen on December 11th, Dazza and I came across the amazing sight of a large flock of Waxwings near the city centre as we were making our way home, around 80 birds in the treetops at dusk. Unfortunately, an iPhone image was the best we could do.

Fieldfare ~ The keeper of the apples.

With the heavy snowfall recently the garden has provided some good entertainment, the best of which was a very active Fieldfare who was protecting the remains of the autumn windfall apples and those provided by me with great gusto. 

A Blackbird (likely a visiting Scandinavian bird) takes advantage

In fact, it probably expelled more energy by chasing the many Blackbirds currently visiting, but despite this they did occasionally get a look in. 

Chaffinch ~ Strangely not that common in the garden.

I do have a large colony of House Sparrows which are the main visitors to my feeders but they've recently been joined by double figure Chaffinch but no sign of any Brambling in the garden thus far, although I do see them in the treetops from the kitchen window as I look across to the river.

So I'll leave my reader with a few more images of late and it just remains for me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

A drive from Inverurie to Kemnay after yet another heavy snow shower.

Village Roads

Kemnay to Kintore

Christmas at home