Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck
Roosting on the gate

2011 - My second year of blogging in Brittany

I felt I would like to share some of the photographs I have taken so far this year and some from other years. I live in a beautiful part of Brittany and just love being here. It's a lovely place to photograph and enjoy being in through all the seasons and hopefully this blog will show you where I live my life.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday, 11 February 2010 - Birds in the snow

We've had a snowfall overnight which has continued this morning and there's now just over an inch of the white stuff lying over my garden world.  There have been lots of visitors to the bird table this morning.

This is a baby starling and I like him so much that I'm posting another photo of him with his back to me turning round.

I hadn't seen much of my little robin for the last few days, but he's been here most of this morning taking advantage of all the good things on the bird table tray.

Here is the same robin a moment later stretching up so he becomes tall and thin - funny isn't it?

A male chaffinch arrived on the table and with his head feathers slightly raised he looks like a punk - very cute in the falling snow.

One of the regular blackbirds who visit the garden since I have the bird table here and well-stocked with tasty titbits.

There is a lot of folklore surrounding the magpie. A rhyme which I’ve shown below, was used to tell fortunes in the eighteenth century and then updated in more modern times with the use of bus tickets. The numbers on the top of the bus ticket were added together and then divided by seven. The remaining number was then used with the rhyme below to see what fate had in store.  l still can't get a really decent photograph of a magpie – but here’s this morning’s attempt, while he was sitting on my neighbour's garage ridge tiles.

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for girl and
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told
Eight for a dream and
Nine for a wish


  1. I love the juvenile coloring on the baby starling. So much more attractive in my opinion then the adult colors. Wonderful photos!

  2. Like Noelle, I love the starling; looks like it's dressed in dotted swiss! -Jean

  3. I think I'm really into birds now and seem to spend half my day with a camera pressed to my face. I can't wait for the warmer weather to arrive so I can go out and find different subjects to photograph. There was no more snow overnight here, but most of yesterday's fall is still frozen on the ground, let's hope the sun does a good job today.

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