Timelapse Bird Feeders and Stars

The feeders have been inundated with birds the last couple of weeks. We've had up to 80 siskins and some Lesser Redpolls. Pictures will follow but for now I've been trying to capture the chaos on timelapse to give a sense of the numbers that a still doesn't seem to capture. Hope you enjoy them.

Watch out for Siskins, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Robins, Sparrows, Bullfinches and even the Lesser Redpolls.



I've also been trying to capture the stars moving on timelapse too, a bit of a change from star trails. For first goes I'm quite pleased with them


And finally some clouds 🙂


Finally A Fieldfare

The snow has brought in a lot of birds, Song thrushes and Mistle thrushes, but today 2 Fieldfares turned up to finally eat the apples I’ve had out. A one point today we had 17 Blackbirds, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfare and 1 Song Thrush, plus all the usual numbers of Siskins and Goldfinch! The garden was heaving!


Fieldfare Head

Fieldfare and Apple

Fieldfare 4

Fieldfare 3

Fieldfare Eating Apple

Fieldfare 2

Fieldfare 1

And finally some video

It’s snowing heavily again now, let’s see what tomorrow brings!

The Snow Comes

The little fox came in before the snow


The snow started to come down

The snow started to stick to the fox

By light it was quite thick


I had set up the camera to take a time lapse of the snow falling overnight. Didn’t get it all as the batteries ran out, but it gives you quite a good idea of the fall.

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The garden was packed with birds from first light. I cleared some patches of ground and put down seeds and apples for some of the ground feeding birds


They were queueing up


The feeders were covered in snow


But lots of birds

Birds On Feeders In Snow

I also did a quick time lapse of the birds on the feeders again

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The plants were drooping under the weight of snow


The side garden was still deep with snow, and no footprints 🙂


The garden looks very pretty at night, it never ceases to amaze me how light it is at night when it’s been snowing

Garden At Night In Snow

Night Snowy Garden

Night Tree

We also went for a walk by the river with the dogs


You need to be careful in woods though, a large branch broke under the weight of the snow


The dogs enjoyed it






A Busy Garden

The cold spell has brought a lot of birds into the garden and on the feeders. We’ve had the usual suspects, Siskins, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Magpies, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, House Sparrow, Bullfinch, Robins and Dunnocks + an occasional Song Thrush.

I tried a timelapse of the feeders today, I think it worked quite well. How many species can you spot (no pausing!)?

I also caught a lot of Magpies on the trail cam eating the food the fox had left.

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Slimbridge – First Trip Of Year

We went to Slimbridge for the first time this year, one of my favourite places on earth. Got the year list off to a good start, an easy 48 species, but we missed the Bittern and Water Rail, but you can’t have it all 🙂

There are 1000s of birds there at the moment, James Lees count 7400 lapwings, 1000 Golden Plover, 210 While Fronted Geese, 200 Bewick’s and loads and loads of Ducks! Great Viewing!

Bewick Swan
Bewicks Swan

Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull

Just a few waders
A Field Of Waders

What can you see in here?
Some Waders

Then near the end of the day the geese are flying around
Graylag Geese In Flight

As always a great day

Project 365 Completed For 2012

I have finished Project 365 for 2012 and uploaded the photos. A photo a day for a full year, sometimes you get good photos, sometimes you have to make do. An awful lot of fun though, now to start 2013!

You can view the pictures here Project 365 – 2012

This is selection of some of my favourite images of the year, hope you like them too

House Sparrow

Canary Shouldered Thorn

Hairy Eyes

Take Off






Moon and Branch


Long Tailed Tit




That Was The Year That Was – 2012

What a year at The Lilac Grove. Hedgehogs, Birds, Bio-blitzing and Autumnwatch!

We started with some lovely views of a Bittern at Slimbridge

A new family member arrived in the shape of Button the Miniature Schnauzer

We discovered we had foxes, who now visit regularly

Hedgehogs got released back to the wild after spending the winter in the spare room
Soft Release

The Bug Hotel gets an overhaul
Bug Hotel

The Blue Tits nest again although not entirely successful, only 2 chicks fledge
Blue Tits

We learn how to monitor the river for Riverflies to check the health of the river
Riverfly Monitoring

A released hedgehog returned with Hoglets

The Garden Bio-Blitz – 24 hours to find as many species as possible in your garden, we recorded 172 species!
Part 1
Part 2

The DIY moth trap goes to work and gets some great results
DIY Moth Trap

Then it all kicked off with the filming and appearance on Autumnwatch 🙂 Wow!
Filming Autumnwatch

In all we had 28 different hedgehogs visit the garden and there are now 7 in the spare room overwintering!
Little Chris

Then to top it all of we had an amazing visitor to the garden, Waxwings!

When we were in Scotland we also managed to pick up a few lifers, including this Crested Tit

All in all an amazing year, here’s to 2013 and let’s hope its even better. I just need to get better at keeping notes, there’s so much here it’s hard to keep track!

Get out and look, it’s incredible what you can find 🙂

Happy New Year Everyone

That’s Not A Goldfinch!

The goldfinch numbers have been building in the garden this week, up to 35 today. The camera was out on Tuesday trying to get shots of them remotely when I was looking in the trees waiting for them to come down. Something looked odd

That's not a goldfinch it's a WAXWING! Oh, not 1 but 4! The camera was on the tripod outside and the door was shut, could I get to it and the waxwings stay? As you can tell from the above, yes 🙂

These amazing birds stayed for about 20 minutes before flying off, an amazing garden tick!

After that excitement we also had some other great birds this week. A small party of long tailed tits have become quite regular now

They really are sweet little birds, like little lollipops !

The other regulars have been in too


And a lot of blackbirds all of a sudden

I've also set up a cam on the feeders and got some initial footage. Lucky enough to catch a female bullfinch and a filleting glimpse of anger long tailed tit.


Nest Building

Zoe the Hedgehog was busy overnight taking loads of leaves into her box. She has been in one box in the garden for about a month, this last week she decided to move to a different one. Thankfully this box also has a camera in it. Hopefully she will now settle down and hibernate. Zoe is the hedgehog Martin Hughes-Games was holding explaining about their spines on Autumnwatch. She is the last of the hedgehogs to go into hibernation, haven't seen another hog for a week now.

Here's a picture from inside the box of the finished article, she is in there honest. Looks nice and snug.