January 2020 – A Bad Start to the Year

As 2019 stormed out and 2020 raged in the visitors to the feeding stations dwindled to nil. 2019 was not a good year for me, my partner, latterly my wife was dying of cancer and was in and out of hospital from January to August. Susan passed away at home on 15th September 2019.  Susan  loved to watch the birds from our living-room window.  I had sited my computer near that window and my camera was close at hand.  Looking back the years 2017 to December 2019 my photography dropped from 4093 in 2017 to 1953 in 2019.  January 2020 a total of 200 images were taken.

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Robin (Erithacus rebecla)
Goldfinch (Carduelis caeduelis) & House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)


Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

The star visitor for January was the visit and return visits of one of the most common birds the humble Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus).  I had not seen one in my garden in over a year.  Once a regular visitor they suddenly ceased to appear.  It was nice to see it back.

Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus)

By walter hampson

Born in Glasgow, Scotland I now reside in Livingston. The journey between those two locations spans Europe and Asia. During that journey my interest in photography was born. However it was not until the digital age my interest become an addiction. Film photography was just a sometime hobby as my interests in the 80's was the new-fangled personal computer, this lasted up until 2004 when I purchased my first digital camera. The combination of computer and digital camera gave me full control of my photography.


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