Thursday, 27 December 2012

Grandma's House in North Wales

 Since it was Christmas I took a visit to my Grandma's and I wasn't surprised that it was a nightmare getting there. Many of the fields were flooded and the rain had eroded big ruts in the track. When I got settled into the house I soon started opening my presents and got lots of useful, exciting and interesting stuff, including a bird counter

There were plenty of birds about dashing in and off the feeders; the Great Spotted Woodpecker was showing up quite well today. (My Grandpa Peter even saw 3 all together at one point). This is the most common woodpecker in the UK. This male Woodpecker was attacking the nuts really energetically.

Sorry about the pictures they are a bit hazy because of the weather. The Nuthatches were occasionally visiting the feeders, same with the Coal Tits. There were only probably a couple of Nuthatches visiting the feeders, however I still got some good views . 

There were plenty of Chaffinches dancing across the floor and unfortunately 1 or 2 had a disease called bumble foot.

Robins were everywhere today, mostly feeding off scraps of seed that my Grandpa had put out.

This Coal Tit was using the nut feeder for a change, since most of the time they are either in a bush hiding away or fluttering up onto a seed feeder then dashing off into a bush or tree.

In this picture you can obviously see my Grandma and Grandma get a lot of bird life, especially Tits. 

Goldfinches were thriving, however no Siskins.

Back home again now and having another look through my presents.

I have lots of birding planned for the rest of the week though!


  1. beautiful shots, findlay! glad you were able to get to your grandparents' for christmas!

  2. Sounds like you had a perfect Christmas Findlay.
    Some great birds there at your Grandparents house.

  3. Glad you had a good Christmas Findlay, lots of presents and lots of birds...perfect! And you got some great pictures too!!...[;o)

  4. Looke like your Grandparents like birds as much as you do Findlay. You got some really nice pictures from your visit - especially that Great Spotted pecker.

  5. Glad you had a good xmas. The top images is that the track you have to use to get to Grandparents home? Looks a nightmare. I like the images especially the second to last showing the various species using the feeders.

  6. Your Grandparents have some wonderful birds visiting their garden Findlay. Woodpeckers are a favourite bird of mine and you captured a lovely image to share.

  7. Hi Findlay...This Grammy went to my Grandson's for Christmas he is 11 years old ,and could hardly wait to open
    present to : )!
    How nice that your Grandparents like to feed the birds,and
    you got some really nice pictures there!! Poor birds with the disease makes me feel bad when they have problems!!
    Looks like it was quite the trip on that road to get there, but it was well worth it!!

  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family, lots of birding presents by the sounds of it - how does a bird counter work then? Looking forward to seeing you soon, enjoy the rest of your holiday

  9. That's a great collection of birds from your Grandma's house, Findlay, and some really nice photos. That view of the lane makes it look very interesting.

    How lucky you are to have Grandparents who share your interest with you! Make sure you treasure them like you treasure the wildlife - you can be sure that they treasure you!

    I too would be interersted to hear how this bird counter works.

  10. Hello Findlay:) I enjoyed your photo's. I'm happy for you you had a great Christmas! I wish you and your family all the best for 2013!!