Thursday, 19 January 2012


Image via Vlado's portfolio

Last January I had a Tippi Hedron moment. I was trying to concentrate on my reading but I kept getting distracted by the activities outside my window. In fact on a tree outside my window. It has been invaded by a strange flock of birds with funny little feathered headdresses. They were dark with splashes of colour and I simply couldn't make out what they were. Then I remembered that I had a Waitrose week-end newspaper with the front cover dedicated to bird watching. It was for the the RSPB's national birdwatching week-end and we were called, as a nation, to sit and stare out the window for an hour and write down each species we see. I started checking through the colored illustrations to see if I could identify the visitors. They were certainly none of the following:
Wood pigeon
Coal tit
Long-tailed tit
Song thrush ( there's a noisy one of these at my workplace)
Blue tit
House sparrow

I started to get excited. Perhaps I'd discovered a new exotic species visiting our cold shores. They could be named after me. I should take their photo as proof for the bird experts. I look up from typing my news and they'd gone. Flown off just like that. Hopefully they found somewhere warm to sleep before nightfall as it was a very cold day (-2) and these little chaps didn't look very hardy. My dreams of being famous sadly flew off with them. Sigh...


Anonymous said...

What size were they? how large was the flock?


Starryeyed said...

Hmm, about the height of a squirrel and there were at least 15 of them I reckon. They were eatiing the berries in the tree. Are you a bird expert??

Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives said...

Interesting! They sound very cool!

Starryeyed said...

Thanks Caitlin - they were cool! Just had a peek at your blog, looks lovely. Greetings from old England to New England!