5.2.12

Ireland is a greyish greenish mauve in winter

































It's another greyish greenish mauvey morning. Ireland in the winter is challenging for a light loving snapper. Everything today is the texture and colour of tweed. From dawn to dusk it has been drizzling with a soft, wet rain. (Persisting all day, it made my photos a bit more tweedy than intended! )

As it is still quite cold the Tits, Robins and assorted Finches are really enjoying the feeders and while it is impossible to do much outside I observe their antics from the window.

As usual the Robin stole the show and I have started to notice just how territorial he can be, even pipping at me when I strayed too close to re-stock. A small bird in the scheme of things I get a great kick out of his upstart poses and cleverness.

The Tits are like exotic little budgies and always seem to move in groups creating flashes of colour in the willows. They will nest soon in the nearby gorse. The Chaffinches usually come in pairs and while he strikes a proud pose on the birdbath she pecks around on the ground a softer toned but equal partner in the setting up of their new home.

Like me the birds are waking up and getting busy for the new season, I can hear the enthusiasm in their happy tweets........








28 comments:

  1. How pleased I see, even the weather is grey overthere, you see beauty at this moment in what nature brings you. Maybe the robin is showing how to survive.
    Hugs and warm wishes
    Marijke

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  2. I don't know about tits and chaffinches but robins can be quite violent. (As can doves.)

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  3. Wow! What beautiful photos! I love how you caught some of the birds in flight. I`d say Ireland doesn`t look too bad in winter!!

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  4. Our weather at the moment is white, white, white. Lots of snow and lots of bird seed being used to help our feathered friends survive.

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  5. Those are fantastic photos of the robin, they are one of my favourite birds.

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  6. Gorgeous collection of images Caitriona! I love to read your descriptions of life in your garden and the countryside around it, it really brings me back to the country :) I tried putting a bird feeder up on the balcony here in my apartment, but the birds didn't pay any attention to it so eventually I gave up! It's nice to see them feeding in your garden though, I'm so glad you shared all these photos x

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  7. I love the robin...so pretty. They are very territorial here in Galway too and rather fond of my hen food on a colder day in Spring.

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  8. Love that top pic of the Robin! We have the same birds visiting our feeders except for Goldfinches which we see occasionally. The pay for their food in entertainment value.

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  9. It is very much the same here and I have the same birds too, still wish it was Ireland though. Shame about the rugby today....

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  10. What lovely photos of your birds! I too enjoy watching the birds in my garden. So sweet they are :)

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  11. After reading your heading, I was expecting some very boring, brown photos. But instead I see the most beautiful, colorful birds! Gorgeous!

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  12. For a gray day your photos added so much beautiful muted colors...I wish our birds would start singing but they are waiting for the warmer weather..

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  13. Your bird photos are beautiful. Such pretty differing varieties.

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  14. You were very quick to capture the Blue Tit in flight :) Well done on more beautiful images :)

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  15. Love your bird pictures especially the blue tit in flight, they're such sweet little things. Tweedy colours are good too, all part of natures bigger picture. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. What wonderful photography- our birds are so elegant aren't they! At least the weather hasn't been as harsh as previous years to them.

    All things nice...

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  17. What a cheerfully bright robin! I love watching the birds. They definitely liven up the winter, especially the brightly colored ones.

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  18. When I clicked on your blog up came those glorious Foxglove- I must read on...
    After reading a little about you... dear lady may I share the lyrics of a little song I learned as a child?
    "In the stars His handiwork I see
    On the wind He speaks with majesty
    Sure He rules over land and sea--
    What is that to me ?
    "I will celebrate nativity, for it has a place in history,
    Sure He came to set His people free,
    What is that to me?
    Till by faith I met Him face to face
    And I felt the wonder of His grace
    And I knew that He was more than just
    A God who didn't care who lived away out there- and-
    Now He walks beside me day by day,
    Ever Watching o're me lest I stray, helping me
    To find the narrow way --
    He's everything to me!"
    The universe cannot love you back. Jesus, the God and creator of the universe already loves you and will receive you as His own.

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  19. Your little birds look very handsome in tweed. Thanks for a bit of cheer.

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  20. Just found your blog, such stunning images, so Irish, I see them every morning outside my window also, joyful isn't it .....Thank God we live in such a beautiful country
    Karen x

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  21. Fantastic photos as usual! They made me take my mind off my terrible penicillin allergy rash which may take 6 weeks to clear!
    June

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  22. so beautiful! lovely capture in that last one.

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  23. I enjoyed seeing the wildlife in your neck of the woods...so beautiful. I love watching the birds...they make me smile.

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  24. Such images! We've had a few soft bright mornings here lately and the sound of the singing in the trees is orchestral--there is a line-up at the bird-baths.

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  25. Absolutely love the photos. I love observing the birds from my window too - and they've inspired a short story which I'm hoping is near completion. The blue-tit photo is amazing.

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  26. I love your birds especially the little robin. That is clearly my next task, learning how to take shots of birds. Your last photo is wonderful.

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  27. Lovely to find your blog through a comment you left at City of blackbirds.
    These bird photos are so beautiful. The robin has such a red breast - I'm sure ours aren't quite so well dressed!
    I love our garden birds. I shall explore more on your blog now
    Butterfly wishes kat x

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