It’s been a bird day.
I take a walk to the post office a mile away. eBay has now become a full time job. I notice a pair of birds on the wire that I’ve never seen before in my life. I stop to look but the light isn’t great for picking up their colouring. The closest I could hazard at an identification is a pair of lapwings due to the crest on their head, but they don’t rest on wires, they are more of a ground bird. This pair are quite plump birds and my stopping spooks them, they take to flight. They’re not that graceful, so they’re not skylarks either. When I get home I visit the RSPB bird identifier page. The closest I get to identification is waxwings, which are winter residents. Perhaps they were readying for migration?
During all this, I notice a wren in the garden picking up nesting material. Oblivious to my presence, I follow its path and actually see where the nest is being built, in an espaliered elder tree. Later my attention is caught by a flutter of wings on the other side of the window. It flits away again quickly and I wonder if it’s the long tailed tits who like to pick at seeds that are caught in the webs. I’ve not seen them this year. Not long after, it returns and I have no problem in identifying the bird as a female chaffinch. She’s taking chunks of thick, silky spider webs, presumably for her nest. She returns a few times, shortly followed by the male. I try to get pictures, but it’s a murky day, so they all look something like or worse than this:
And to think I nearly talked to a window cleaner yesterday about finally shining up that glass.
Meanwhile, I’ve never seen a busier wren. I love this time of year.
This is going to be the last of my photographic challenges for a while. But I will get back to it during more settled times.
The challenge is a treasure hunt. This is something for everyone, you could interpret this in photographic form, art, as poetry or a prose, but the idea is that you go hunting for something and then do something creative with it. Each prompt can be interpreted in any way you want. There is one for every day of April, but you could turn it into one a week, or one a month, whichever you prefer. They can be done in any order.
- Something you’ve never seen before
- Something cold
- Something gold
- Shades of Grey
- A work of art
- Something hot
- A lot
- Something that makes you smile
- A wonderful expression
- Hidden treasure
- Something fast
- Something small
- A wall
- Things that come in threes
- A place to sit
- A place to be
If you undertake the challenge, write a post or posts about it and ping back to here. Leave a link to your finds in the comments below.
I’m off to pop all these into my photography notebook so that I can keep a look out for them.