Not a waxwing winter

Not a waxwing winter

Every few years, waxwings begin to run low on winter food in Scandinavia, and there is an “invasion” of these colurful birds which can sometimes reach the far south. It isn’t looking like like this is going to be one of these years, so here is a reminder of the last time they were here in large numbers. That was back in the snowy January of 2013.

Female blackbird on wall

Female blackbird on wall

Female blackbird on the parapet wall of the old canal Bridge at Newbridge, eating a small amount of grain someone had scattered on the stones. She had just, too quickly for me to get mu camera out, chased off another female which had landed first to eat the food.

Wren hunting, Smestow shore

Wren hunting, Smestow shore

Wren on the shoreline of the Smestow by the Newbridge entrance to the Smestow Valley LNR. At first I thought it was taking a drink. Then I zoomed in to focus on it. Now I saw it was turning over the fallen leaves, I guess looking for insects hidden underneath.