This morning was on the chilly side – frost overnight left the ground very hard and any water frozen. I had breakfast at my window, watching the birds as daylight came in – what a peaceful way to start the day. I spied seven blackbirds, three robins and two dunnocks dashing along the ground this morning. It was two hours later that I captured the video below.
Robin, shown above, did not wait until the ice melted, or I broke it, to get a drink. He was thirsty and resourceful! He carefully walked out on the ice to get to water under an over-hanging stone. I was absolutely delighted with this piece of film as really it started out as a test for my new tripod. I had been trying to familiarise myself with its movements when the robin below popped into the frame – I followed it not knowing what it was about to do!
Coal Tit was another surprise video capture today. I have found it very difficult to get the coal tit on film as it comes into the feeders very quickly, takes a seed and off it flies to the safety of the trees or hedge to eat it. I had just set the camera up and switched on the PC, when I glanced out the window to find it moving about the pine tree in search of food. It finally settled on a branch and you can see what beautiful markings it has – especially on its head. I will also copy this footage to a previous post that shows it with the Great and Blue tit and if you go to this post you will be able to compare them all .
The videos, shown above, were taken in my garden on February 6th 2007.