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This morning we had our first proper frost, and when the sun rose, the light was so pretty in the garden that I decided to sit with my cuppa and just enjoy from the conservatory.

After a while I noticed that some of the birds were coming fairly close for their breakfast and I nipped upstairs to get the camera. Then, staying very still i tried to capture their antics from behind the glass.

The sun was too strong as it turned out, to get any really good detail of the feathers, but I hope you will enjoy the pictures nevertheless. I’ve done my best to make them clear using the brightness and contrast levels.

Look carefully for the birds entering and exiting the ‘stage’! :)

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Great capture there Karen, cannot believe you have already had a frost! The start of what is to come eh? Just tell your garden to hang on in there, hope we dont have a bad winter :(

9 Oct, 2012

 

Beautiful set of photo's Karen

9 Oct, 2012

 

Thank you both. I fear it will be another cold winter, but if the sun keeps shining, we won't mind 'too' much.

9 Oct, 2012

 

Ahh, so lovely. The finches and tits are my favourites, you must be feeding them just the right stuff.

9 Oct, 2012

 

What a lovely selection of birds you have, I had a little feeder like that but the Woodpigeons and the Squirrel hogged it so Harry took it down. I have lots of other feeders that are woodpigeon and Squirrel proof! We had a touch of frost but it quickly went when the sun came out;0)

9 Oct, 2012

 

lovely pics Karen, i've always loved their antics on or around the bird tables :-)

9 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks everyone, yes, you can see the frost on the third pic. down. It didn't last long thank goodness! Carole, the Pidgeon hogs this one too and it is so funny watching it swinging on it...I don't think it cares much for swinging! However, we also have a pair of visiting ring-collared doves, which are lovely to watch, so I put up with the woodies....they are quite comical! Thanks Slad....me too! Waddy, my feeding varies according to what is cheapest at the GC, but I try to use 'no mess' as much as I can as they really do make a lot of mess. However, of all the feeds I've used, they all seem to love sunflower hearts.

9 Oct, 2012

 

Lovely pictures, lovely birds, we have started to feed more now at our end, lots starting to come in to feed, they are amazing how they find the food, they must have a good communication system because no sooner are the feeders filled up than they are inundated with birds. Only problem here is we have a sparrowhawk who knows just where they are feeding, but the birds in the aviary screech when he is around and I can get out there and chase him off. lol. What a good burglar alarm they are. :O)

9 Oct, 2012

 

Lovely bird pics. Gold finches love hulled sunflower seeds too and guzzle them none stop when they are around. The green finches stay on feed the longest. I just put out the longest feeder today. Frost already on your green seat and lawn Karen. Also put out the wire hanging feeder today with grapes off the vine. Blackbird and starlings love them. Lots done in the garden last few days too

9 Oct, 2012

 

We had a frost here in the midlands this morning, the second of thisautumn, both went early......before 8.00...
I,m away next weeks but living where we do I don't usually start to feed them until november.
Goldfinches are I think my favorite but bluetits and great tits robins and sparrows are lovely too

9 Oct, 2012

 

Wow, Karen - what lovely pictures! I love to watch the birds in my garden. We back on to a large school site with woods, so are lucky to have a wide variety. I've never managed photos like these, though. Thank you!

9 Oct, 2012

 

Thoroughly enjoyable pictures Karen....I do so enjoy watching the birds. My wee robin made a return this week - obligatory bully boys (starlings) spoiling things for everyone :))
It sure was cold this morning - rushed home from work (3am) grabbed some pots and threw them in the back door!!

9 Oct, 2012

 

Excellent!!

9 Oct, 2012

 

Lovely pics Karen - the goldfinches are gorgeous. No sign of frost here yet and the fuchsias are still in full bloom. Lots of bulbs still to plant, so much to do...The overwintering starlings haven't arrived yet so all's still peaceful.

9 Oct, 2012

 

Well done you, Karen - great photos, and what a pleasant way to spend a frosty morning . . . bet those sweet birds were grateful to you for their breakfast too!

9 Oct, 2012

 

OH, thanks everyone, what a lot of nice comments. Yes, the Goldfinches do love th sunflower hearts, in fact I think they prefer them to the Nyger seeds!

9 Oct, 2012

 

Great shots! I love to see birds visiting gardens. We feed the birds most days & they are quite friendly now .... Sparrows only feed off the bird feeder & they will chase other birds away. Was sitting in our sun porch at 6.45am this morning ( new puppy, so up earlier than I would like to be!), & the back garden was suddenly full of zephyr finches on the lawn. No camera of course & they flew off when our 9 week old golden retriever pup decided to investigate. Now that the huge native Kowhai tree is in full bloom, we also have our beautiful native forest Tui coming in to sip at the nectar, & it is a real thrill to see them & to listen to their call.

9 Oct, 2012

 

That sounds lovely Dwyllis...spring in lovely NZ! :)

9 Oct, 2012

 

These are wonderful photos Karen, you obviously had great pleasure watching. The darn squirrel has knocked down two of our feeders with the sunflower hearts in and broken them, still they were only plastic, so we shall have to buy another couple.

9 Oct, 2012

 

Some really good photo`s Karen, its lovely to watch the birds, the feeders in my garden are being used a lot again now and our starlings made a comeback yesterday, such a racket they made as well squabbling over the birdbaths, its as if all the birds have arrived together as there are lots of the smaller ones in the ivy at the bottom of my garden, I guess they are claiming their territory ready for the winter.....

9 Oct, 2012

 

I MUST get a better camera! Wonderful photos like these just make me so envious! Love the one of the Goldfinch flying in from 'stage right.' :o)

10 Oct, 2012

 

Ah, such a lovely blog and photos, Karen...even of the frost! It's making me think, now that I don't have any cats, I really should get a bird-feeder or two in the garden. You could watch them all day... :)

10 Oct, 2012

 

Own a cat, not me Karen, this morning 8am, a stand off between a sneaky black cat and a squirrel eating hulled sunflower seeds on the ground. Feral
Ginger, who uses sheltered garden seating, nowhere to be seen. Birds all over the feeders. I wonder how they find out that seed supplies are back?

10 Oct, 2012

 

Wonderful shots Karen. Aren't those colour/brightness levels useful!!

10 Oct, 2012

 

All pretty photos Karen :o))

10 Oct, 2012

 

Hi Stroller...no squirrels here.....yet! lol :)

Lincslass.....it makes the garden come to life when you wake to the sound of birds in it.

Nariz, I like that one too! I'm determined to get some decent shots this year....going to have to develop patience to sit still for a long enough time though!

Karen.....definitely! A must for the winter months :)

Oooh, Dorjac, I hope the Squirrel is ok! I do love cats, and in the past I kept them. I would have them now were it not for the allergies in my boys....but they MUST wear a bell, and most of the local ones here don't have a bell which really annoys me!

Lulu, they are very useful....I am learning about sunshine and photography.....it looks so good to our eyes, but in a photo it's a nightmare!

Thanks Annie x ;)

10 Oct, 2012

 

Lovely blog KS.....especially like the goldfiches.....they also favour the sunflower seeds here.

10 Oct, 2012

 

I've put these pics. in my favourites so that I can go back to them. I will have to show my hubby as we both love watching the birds. Our feeder and table is just outside our window where we eat and its a lovely start to the day. You must have a really good camera Karen and a lot of patience to capture such wonderful pictures. Thankyou for sharing.

10 Oct, 2012

 

Ah, thank you Rose. It is a great camera and you just have to point and click with it as the 'auto' does everything so well! Brilliant! I 'pinched' the camera from Janey, not literally, but her photos were so good I asked her what she uses and got one the same ;)

10 Oct, 2012

 

A fantastic set of photos, everyone of them, well done.
A frost already, oh dear is that early for you or normal up there? we still have loads more plants to put in the borders and also bring inside........sigh!!

11 Oct, 2012

 

No, I wouldn't say it's 'normal' but then I have no clue what is normal any more with the weather! It's not that unusual to have a very cold snap in October with lovely blue skies during the day, but cold at night. Yesterday and today we've had a massive amount of rain though...which is definitely not 'normal', but that's been the same all over the uk this year....torrential downpours have replaced our usual gentle drizzles! Our kids were on the phone at 5am to let us know rain was coming in the ceiling of the flat :(

12 Oct, 2012

 

Oh dear what a pain......

12 Oct, 2012

 

great shots karen, isnt it lovely to see the birds back again :o))

12 Oct, 2012

 

What a wonderful nature blog and how great to see so many birds at the feeder! Cracking photos Karen..\0/x

15 Oct, 2012

 

Thank you both, yes, it really is great to see them. However, I've had to take the coconut shells away as yesterday the starlings cottoned on to them and we had a whole troop of the things going mental out there. Hopefully the little birds will be able to return now, without being bullied. Starlings are beautiful in their own way, but such aggressive little blighters! Who'd have thought they'd be able to feed on half coconut shells!

15 Oct, 2012

 

We have such a problem here with rooks and Pigeons Karen, that I had to get feeders with cages so the little birds could eat in safety or there would be nothing left for them! :~(

15 Oct, 2012

 

I may have to do the same. The little birds have not yet returned.....:(

15 Oct, 2012

 

They can be a bit fiddly, but worth the effort..Check them out on Amazon as prices vary so much Karen.. The little ones will return again my friend..\0/x

15 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks....I think they will, just need a couple of Starling-free days!

15 Oct, 2012

 

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