A Day in the Woodland Hides

Good day ladies and gentlemen, before you begin reading this thread, I just want to prepare you. I have been cooped up at home for most of the month because of the weather, this day out was fulfilling a trip out that was given as a gift by my sister for Christmas 2018 (each time I booked it last year, different storms came in and scuppered the planning) so it's been eagerly anticipated, and I may have got a bit trigger happy! (As a clue, on first browsing through the pics, I deleted a smidge over 400 that were not up to mustard), so you may wish to get yourself a brew, or glass before we begin.

Now, are you sitting comfortably? This is a tale of a brother and sister (I reciprocated the gift for her for last Christmas...nothing like being original lol) heading off to the wilds of Dorset to see what could be seen from some private hides in a mature woodland. The weather was wet and windy to start the day, mainly dry but breezy after about 10am, with isolated scattered showers.

First up, from the 1st hide a Robin contemplating the cloud cover

Then a Blue Tit was working stuff out... If I loop that round there, and pull it a bit...

It should drop on the Dunnock, leaving me more food

No, no, said the Dunnock. I'm out of here. Foiled in my dastardly plot thought the blue tit

Along with the usual woodland birds were several squirrels that provided some entertainment and "aww" moments, as will become evident later, but first, I shall just suss out what's occurring

Don't think I haven't spotted you two in there, said Mrs BB

And we've seen you too

The Dunnocks were keeping a wary eye out above, for bad Blue Tits

And the Blue Tit had the right hump about it!

All the finches were present male and female, some to the left,

And some to the right

And also a coy looking Long Tail Tit

And a brazen one...Look at my taaaaiiiillllllll, it's sooooooooo long...

Sightings of blackbirds were often obscured by undergrowth, but this one was so ashamed of the hussy-like behaviour of the LTT he came out into the open

More examples of the finches... What's that over there?

I'm not sure, but I'll turn round and have another look

Ohhhhh, it's you...…..am I in your way?

You may not be in his way, but you're in mine...

Nowwww, boys, let's not fight, just look at my taaaiilllllllll, it's soooooo longggggg

Will you just shut up about your tail, you'd look silly without one considering you're called LONG TAILED!!! But me, I'm just gorgeous, darling, look at my colouring

Where's that Dunnock? Grrrr

Calm down fella, there's plenty to go round.... trust me, I'm Great

You're a great something!!

Look, Look, I'm a Humming bird!!!!!!!

The other finch arrived, doing his Mersey tunnel impression

Hmmm, I'm not sure it will all fit in, but two will....

Did you like my Dracula impression???

The mammals were still scampering about (be ready to aww!)

Another tit whizzed in and out

Keenly observed from below

The sun kept coming and going, and during a bright few minutes, Mr Pheasant came and irridesced at us

And finally a sighting of the elusive Greater Spotted Woodpecker

He didn't stop long, but I saw a bud on the end of a twig, just greening up, so I thought I'd capture an arty shot of early spring, but the shot was ruined by a nosey greenfinch

Who also then decided to ruin my muddy ground shot!

The blackbird must be old, he's got whiskers!!

And the Pheasant led the group in some gentle stretching exercise 

This squirrel decided to Lord it over his domain

And then Woody came back starting a shutter-fest of clicking, which thankfully didn't appear to bother him as he went Nom Nom Nommmm

And then there was time for just one more splash of iridescence 

I hope you've enjoyed perusing the pics half as much as I enjoyed taking them (loading them up was a different matter lol), and I think that'll be it from me for a while for big posts, as the weather is forecast pants, and we're moving next month so we have much to do

  • Lovely set of pics PB, thanks for the entertainment value too which brightened up a gale ridden rainy day here! Are you moving far?


     2013 photos & vids here

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  • Thanks Wendy, No, not moving far, but out of the village so I better change my name lol
  • Nah, stay same so we'll recognise you! Lol Good luck & hope all goes well ... will you still have a garden?


     2013 photos & vids here

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  • Yeah, still got a garden, but not as big, and a bit less rural, but we can do what we want with it, whereas currently it's shared, so limited to changed we can make. Apparently it used to be lovely, but recently got a bit neglected
  • A project to look forward to ... be sure to post before & after pics 'cos we're a nosey lot on here! Lol


     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    WendyBartter said:
    A project

    Hmmm.... don't like the sound of that!! lol

  • Fantastic set PB and enjoyed not just the beautiful photos but also the commentary which has definitely brightened up a "pants" day - we've had nothing but constant rain this morning; looks to be next week before we see more settled conditions so I'll just leave my wellies on for now lol We are also moving next month so can compare moving experience in due course !! Good luck.


    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Thanks for sharing your day out PB. wonderful pics too. Certainly cheered me up after a few hours digging in the garden in the rain
    Good luck with the move and cant wait to hear about your next adventure.
  • In reply to PimperneBloke:

    PimperneBloke said:
    Hmmm.... don't like the sound of that!! lol

    Course you do ... be a challenge for the lovely summer months!


     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Blimey PB how long did this thread take you to resize and load, you have more patience than I have with this site.
    Bye the way, great pictures and commentary and looks like you might have had some sun, you need to share it out mate, don't be greedy.