As you know, we’ve been visiting various places just outside Retford to find winter visitors like redwings and fieldfares. We’ve seen them down the canal and in Rufford Park, but hadn’t spotted any closer to home.
However, the other day, Lee was walking down the River Idle a short distance from home, and spotted both redwings and fieldfares.
It was great to see them so close to home – and he managed to capture some shots of the fieldfares (above and below).
The fieldfare is closely related to a very familiar bird: the song thrush. These are regular visitors to our gardens and have an absolutely beautiful song. This one was posing nicely for the camera!
He also got some lovely pictures of dunnocks – a common bird but nonetheless very pretty to look at when you take a close look at its plumage.
Next time you think you see a sparrow in the garden, have a closer look: it might be a lovely dunnock (pictured above).
There was also a greenfinch down the river (pictured above) – it was quite far away, but hopefully you can make out its lovely colour.
And to finish, this grey wagtail was skating on thin ice in the pond in King’s Park!
Don’t forget to put food out for your garden birds in this cold weather, and make sure that water is topped up and not frozen. It’s a difficult time for our feathered friends, so it’s good to help them if you can!