Today I decided to go to the end of my street into Green Lane to get a few fallen branches so I could make some natural perches to attach to my garden bird feeders with the idea of when taking photo’s at home birds would look more natural than on the harsh metal of the bird feeder … to my surprise when ‘scavenging for twigs!’ I heard a singing bird, I said to myself “no that’s not a Blackcap is it?” I looked around and surely enough I immediately saw above me in the trees bordering Green Lane going towards Belton Lane school a singing male Blackcap – WOW!

I got me twigs in double time and went all the way home 🙂 to get my camera and went back to see 2 more birds in no time at all, they were pretty elusive and busy flitting around both sides of the lane but I managed to get a couple of shots (will not say poor record shots Dave!! :))

I also came a across a Song Thrush feeding 1 of its young close to the back gates of Belton Lane school close up image of the parent bird below.

I called back down the lane for a little after returning from visiting my daughter & grandson and saw a Bullfinch male in all his glory but sadly he was on the school side of the hedgerow and a shot was not possible.

So it just goes to show that a little time locally can deliver some real; surprises in total in my 2 x 30 minute stints onyl 1 minutes walk from my home I saw the following birds …

Blackcap, Blue Tit (final image below), Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Sparrowhawk (over), Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove. Not bad eh? 🙂