Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, memories of a much-missed moggie, three adventurous new cats, a camera, a computer and a garden filled with wildlife

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Terror From Above

by Russell Turner - 20:15 on 04 March 2011

Tree Sparrow 13Birds of prey have been in the news this week, with a feature on the BBC website following up a dramatic picture in the Daily Mail of an eagle with a lamb in its talons. Whether the lamb was alive or dead when it was seized is unknown.

The Mail distinguished itself by reporting that the bird-watching photographer didn't want to be named, and so kept him anonymous – apart from the copyright credit on the picture itself. Oops.

 Avian activity in the garden of The Rural Retreat has been less spectacular but almost as vicious. How can it be anything else when a flock of frisky tree sparrows fights for the feeders?

Tree Sparrow 12

Although my efforts to catch some aerial action are still in their early stages I did manage one snap that was worth keeping, plus a couple of portraits – one tree sparrow and one great tit.

Great Tit 4

Our treecreeper hasn't been seen for a while but I'm pleased to report that house sparrows are back, albeit in much lower numbers than their arboreal cousins, and a few days ago a sparrowhawk made a brief appearance. He left still hungry.

However, Matchgirl spotted the first local lambs yesterday. I'll keep an eye out for the eagles.


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