Saturday, 5 March 2016
Honestly in the last eleven days I've had to return (red faced) five different readers. I'd install the blasted thing, use it once then on the second use it keeps ejecting itself with a fault code "exceeding maximum power (voltage) recommended for the device being used" no one I know has a clue, it's fine downloading SD and MICRO-SD including massive video files from my helmet cam'.
So any images I'm having to directly download from he camera via a USB cable which takes forever.
I went for a cycle along the Brampton Valley today with a mixture of hail, sleet, bright sunshine and freezing wind. It was a bit quiet. Small flocks of Fieldfare were again distant. Running along the hedgerow going up Merry Tom lane/farm was an interesting flock of Blackbirds (15) and Redwing which kept getting flushed by something.
In the field at the top of the lane heading towards Pitsford I got to listen to and count 6 Skylarks.
A Kestrel, Buzzard and Redkite were the only birds of prey I saw yet annoyingly twice this week I've seen a Merlin chasing Tit flocks at our depot on Pineham industrial estate. Also on one cycle to work got unbelievable views of an Otter on the canal. Best views ever and sadly only the third I've ever seen in my lifetime.
I've never had any visit my garden either, until today.
I got home after my cycle and went to top up the feeders ready for the regular Goldfinch pre-roost binge.
I spotted two Siskin on the nearly empty feeders. I know faced a dilemma, you see being the owner of three greyhounds and a newly rescued Whippet my feeders and nature area is a gated and fenced off separate bit of the garden as is my shed...I mean "DOUG'S HIDE" where if I wanted photos I'd have to go to and flush them away in the process, the curse of the bogey bird.
So off I went as did the Siskin at least the Blue Tits stayed as I topped up the feeders and headed to the shed...I mean hide..and waited.
No surprise the Goldfinch were first back on the scene. I could hear the Siskins calling so knew they'd come back. I was getting excited to be honest they'd already been added to my garden list I now needed to get some photo's. Sadly the regular finches were hogging the better feeders so had to settle for the darker area of my nature reserve lol. But for once I don't care even though they're not a masterpiece in photography they're more importantly off the bogey list, yippee.