Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Squirrel fun

Went to Alverstone bird hide this morning with Rob. The squirrels were running round like headless chickens, must have been trying to keep warm! I don't think the temperature got above zero in the hour or so we spent there, but watching these little fellas running round took our mind off of the weather.

Lots of birds were visiting the feeders, including blue tits, chaffinch, great tit, reed bunting and the beautiful long-tailed tits.
A jay was around but didn't want to have his photo taken. A dunnock was skulking in the undergrowth, and a squirrel was playing with a rat, which kept us amused!
After an hour or so we decided to move on as hypothermia was setting in. We popped into Oasis for a hot chocolate and scone (cheers Rob!)
Then after warming up we went to see the Glossy Ibis, now in its 4th day on Brading marsh. Today he was keeping his distance, so just managed a record shot.


  1. Hi Dave, it's good to catch up with you. You are so lucky to have the Red Squirrels there. I have read that we are getting more and more of the black ones although I haven't seen one yet. Lovely photos ! Also well done on the Glossy Ibis.

    It has been minus 6 here most of the morning!!!

  2. Hi Shy,
    Good to hear from you, thanks for your kind comments.
    Ive had a really good week, with the Ibis and squirrels,
    Hope to get out again soon, the Glossy was here again yesterday, but not seen today, but may still be around.
    Keep warm!!