Fieldfares

From Richard Knight. Of late I’ve been putting out a few apples spiked on twigs (in the hope of attracting a waxwing or two as we did by doing this a few years ago).  So far no waxwings, blackbirds being the norm but on Tuesday last a group of six passing fieldfares descended on them (see attached photo).
 
Today, now the snow has thawed a good deal we have a yellowhammer back  –  not seen any since the day the last snow began.  Lots of blackbirds of late (12-15), mostly first year males as before mentioned.  Loads of tits including 3 marsh tits and two surprise visitors yesterday  –  a pair of greenfinches on the peanut feeders, a scarce visitor we see here only three or four times a year.  A goose of some sort flew down the valley in the fog at about 09.00hrs this morning  –  glimpsed through the murk by Pam but no call heard unfortunately
 

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