c January 2018 | Garden, Tea, Cakes, (Books) and Me

Big Garden Birdwatch 2018 with Surprise Garden Visitor

Big Garden Birdwatch results which birds visited my garden

This weekend saw the RSPB Love Nature run their annual Big Garden Birdwatch, you spend an hour counting the different birds that come and go in your garden. You then log your result with the RSPB for them to compare and analyse. I have taken part in this survey for the last 5 years, each year crossing my fingers that some rare bird will use the chosen hour to fly down into my garden. Alas they didn't! 

The weather on the Saturday of the birdwatch weekend was a wet and windy day in Shropshire and most of the birds stayed sheltered in the hedges. Come Sunday morning the sun made a brief appearance, and the weather generally was much improved on Saturday and the birds appeared. I made sure this year I had my camera with me to capture some of the birds as they came and went.
Big Garden Birdwatch results which birds visited my garden

Big Garden Birdwatch Results 2018

Blackbirds 4 
Blue Tit 2 
Dunnock 2 
Great Tit 1 
House Sparrow 2 
Wren 1 
Long-tailed Tit 2 
Magpie 2 
Robin 3 
Wood pigeon 4 
Crows 2

Big Garden Birdwatch results which birds visited my garden
Blue Tit

Big Garden Birdwatch results which birds visited my garden
Robin in Apple Tree

I was pleased to see the little Wren made an appearance, although he was too quick for my camera, he is a usual visitor to the garden during the day. As are the Long-tailed Tits although there are usually four of them. Failing to stop by the garden at all during the last few days were the Coal Tit and Goldfinch.

Later in the day, fortunately whilst my camera was still nearby, my eye was caught by something moving near the greenhouse. A Weasel, darting about moving very quickly around the plant pots and then straight past the window and off into the hedge. If I did not have a photo for you I am sure you would never believe it. The little creature has been seen once before a few years ago, so to see it again today was a very pleasant surprise.

Weasel in my Shropshire garden

Did you join in with the Big Garden Birdwatch this year? Did you spot many different birds?

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2018 Reading Challenge is a go...

2018 Reading Challenge UK Goodreads
I'm ready to get reading! I will again set myself a Reading Challenge through the Goodreads website. If you have not discovered Goodreads it is an effective way of managing your bookshelf virtually, add books that you wish to read, books you have read, favourite your most liked authors and keep up with their latest news or join a reading group. There are plenty of book giveaways too, I've won quite a few books. You can also create your own reading challenge for the 2018, I have set myself a reachable target of 20 books.

I am taking a very relaxed approach to my reading this year, if I am not enjoying a book I will not beat myself up to get to the end, no it will be ditched. If I don't reach my target, so what. But if I do, well that is reason enough to enjoy decadent cake or too.

I am starting the year with a Dan Brown book - Inferno. I enjoy his balance of mystery, history and drama - I've read many of his books over the years.  I have quite a few non fiction books sitting on my actual bookshelf, including gardening and historical houses in the UK. I have just completed reading my first book for the year, a National Trust book, Greyfriars House and Gardens about a medieval manor in the heart of Worcester. Well worth a visit if you are ever visiting the city.

You can check out my reading challenge progress through the year on the widget below or if you scroll down your screen and look to the right you can see a list of books I have finished. If you love reading and would like to become my friend on Goodreads just click my link below. 

Happy Reading everyone.

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Angela has read 1 book toward her goal of 20 books.
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