"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gloucestershire Old Spot and nuthatches

Paddy and I set off this morning on our walk, braving the cold as is our wont and found ourselves on a new route which led past a pig pen containing two pigs which looked to me like Gloucestershire Old Spots. Knowing Paddy's propensity for high levels of excitement when within sniffing radius of pigs, I proceded cautiously and was only able to get this photo of one of them. However, as it had noticed us by this time and was approaching for a closer investigation, Paddy seems to have decided to keep a low profile on this occasion.
We got home in time for me to do the Big Garden Birdwatch. New visitors this year were two nuthatches but, although we have plenty of great tits, blue tits, dunnocks and house sparrows, we still have no starlings around here.


Anonymous said...

Lucky you seeing two nuthatches! I did my count this morning and saw a male blackcap, which is a first for me. Sadly I've not seen many starlings this year either.
Flighty xx

Jennyta said...

I don't think I've ever seen nuthatches round here before, Flighty.

WendyCarole said...

we had our usual sparrows, bluetits one starling. We used to get loads of starlings but as flocks that came after rain and then went off again

Jennyta said...

I remember them being one of the most common birds up to a few years ago, WendyCarole.


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