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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday, 10 February 2010 - This morning's birds and one cat by the fireplace

We had a very light snowfall overnight and in addition to that it was freezing, so a crisp white sugar coating over the garden this morning.  This disappeared almost completely before midday with the morning supnshine.  The afternoon was miserable, with the odd snow and sleet shower and it's bitter in the wind.  I put out crumbled bread which I had fried in bacon fat and yesterday's catfood, together with grated cheese, bread crusts and boiled potatoes cut in half.  The bluetits were down on the table before I had got inside the door.

There were two little brown birds on the garden wall and one on the terrace floor beneath the wall and the first was a house sparrow - Passer domesticus. 

The second was a dunnock - Prunella modularis, which has much more in the way of grey plumage.

I am not a really a bird person and have only really "discovered" birds while I've been photographing the garden and am thoroughly enjoying them with the aid of a reference book written in French.  It's a good job photographs are not language dependant!  Luckily, I have a good friend in England connected to the RSPB who confirms my identification if I am in any doubt.  I first met him on a morning when he was netting and ringing birds for future identification, when my younger son was a member  of the Young Ornithologists Club in Gloucester, England.

This is a great tit - Parus major, who kept coming back again and again, and I managed to catch him as he turned round to see the movement I had made.  There seem to be so many great tits and blue tits around at the moment.
The next little brown bird was below the birdtable on the terrace floor picking up dropped food.  She is a female chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs.

And here is a male chaffinch - not taken today, but on 9 January this year in the snow, just so you can see how showy he is compared with his counterpart.


And then there was a blackbird - Turdus merula, on the wall. I just love the yellow ring round his eye.

Here is his counterpart, browner than she looks in the falling snow, a young female blackbird, again taken on 9 January this year.

Lastly for today, not a bird, but Daisy, pretending she has no legs, on the rug in front of the woodburner.  We've just had another minor snowfall and I'm just hoping it won't be too bad out there when I wake up in the morning.


  1. I love seeing your pictures of your little visitors. It brought a smile to my face to see that they were just waiting for you to come outdoors to feed them. Daisy is beautiful and has the best seat in the house, doesn't she?

  2. Hello Noelle - This morning we have about 1-2 inches of snow and it's still snowing with a bitterly cold wind. As fast as I put the birds' food out it has a cold white covering on it, and I have to bring that in to warm up again and put out a fresh tray on the bird table. I've also crumbled up Weetabix cereal this morning on the tray and some Niger seeds. Yesterday my plumber unearthed a large box of different special bird foods I had bought and put safely somewhere! So they will be having treats for a while now it has been found again.