For the last couple of years, pretty much every time we've walked around Stockers Lake, someone has said "There's a Goldeneye around the corner". And when we've rounded that corner there has been no Goldeneye. Today we didn't see the male that everyone was telling us was around, but we did see this female.
We've been very pleased to have a couple of jays visit the garden. They are such beautiful birds, but so wary and so clever that you don't see them a lot. Fortunately yesterday it was very bright outside and quite dark in the kitchen, so this one couldn't see me staring at him through the window. This morning it is gloomy outside and I had the light on in the kitchen and they spotted me immediately and took off.
Maybe if I clean the windows I'll get a better picture.
It's cold! Accuweather reckons it's 3C in the garden today and I think they are right. So the bird feeders are getting a big workout. This little wren wasn't on a feeder though, it was bouncing around the bonsai pots.
While we were still on owl-watch in Heartwood Forest there were a couple of kestrels flying about, hovering over the field the owls had been seen hunting in. One of them even landed on a twig, causing a massive scramble as photographers picked their tripods out of the mud to get in position for him.