My enthusiasm has waned a little during January, the weather has been challenging and it certainly hasn’t been good photograph weather particularly in the mornings. I’ve taken my camera most days but there hasn’t been any inspiration out there.

Having said that there have been a couple of times when the weather changed and I was quick to take advantage of the conditions. One morning we had a very hard frost and I went up Hambledon Hill for the first time for a while; it has been very slippy and it was nice to walk on the frozen ground. I spotted some Skylarks flying and a Red Kite was flying above me. The Fielfares and Redwings are still about mainly in the hedges at the base of the hill.

Frosty sunrise Hambledon Hill
Frosty sunrise Hambledon Hill

One morning the sun came out and I took full advantage by going out around the village looking for wildlife. The birds have been active I can hear the Blackbirds and Robins singing before dawn and there are signs of birds pairing up. I can hear the Greater Spotted Woodpeckers tapping away showing others where their territory is.

I just had a short walk and managed to get a few images, I also saw a Nuthatch, Goldcrest and a few Wrens but missed photos of them, they are close to home so hopefully I’ll see them again. The Robins were singing in various places, at least they show above the hedges and are relatively easy to take photos of.

Starling
Starling
Blue Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit

Down the bottom of the lane from home I was pleased to see a Treecreeper busy on the tree trunk and then I spotted another close to the other, maybe a pair.

Treecreeper
Treecreeper
Treecreeper
Treecreeper

On a another morning I took a few pictures on my early morning walk, it wasn’t that bright but I gave it a try. The Song Thrush was singing at the top of the tree, a lovely sound. I could hear a Green Woodpecker with their loud call in the near distance.

Songthrush
Songthrush

It hasn’t been all bad we are enjoying the birds in the garden although we are not getting anything too unusual although we get a Coal Tit come regularly and a very tatty Blue Tit, he seems quite robust and hopefully he will survive. The Long Tailed Tits come en masse for a couple of minutes but are soon gone again. The Sparrowhawk is still about we suddenly spot it out the corner of our eye and notice the birds disappearing pretty quickly for a while.

Female Blackbird
Female Blackbird
Long Tailed Tit
Long Tailed Tit

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