Friday, December 29, 2006

Walk Two Hundred and Forty-Eight – Horses in coats

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Another overcast dismal day. However I made myself go out and get some fresh air. The best part of the walk was seeing the cloud of blackbirds clattering overhead – so I wouldn’t have seen that without my daily walk.

200mm x 145mm pen in small cartridge sketchbook

6 Comments:

Blogger Alison said...

And horses here are wearing coats against the sun! We have a few English blackbirds, decended from an illegal importation in the 60's - they nest in well watered gardens with hedges but have never bred up enough to flock. It is nice to get out each day, isn't it.

9:40 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love LOVE this blog... however..

Blackbirds they are not

Now if they were blackbird size (probably a little bigger) and made chacking calls they are Fieldfares - winter thrushes from the north

Or possibly Jackdaws - more of a cawing call and much swooping

Ta Tom

7:44 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Tom, now if only I'd inserted a space between the black and the bird. I am a complete ignoramus as far as birds are concerned (but I do know the origins of the word 'ignoramus'). Before I posted I did attempt to find out exactly what they were, but time and the inability to find an informative website were against me so I made a wild guess. Do tell me - why am I so obviously wrong?

8:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie - As soon as I hit the button I also thought blackspacebirds...(!)

Now I'm going to sound like a freakish twitcher.. but blackbirds generally hang about on their own or possibly twos or threes but hardly ever as a flock as such.

Whereas Jackdaws (cawing small crow), Rooks (cawing big crow) and Fieldfares (clacking thrush) generally always are in a gang...

Pass me the beard brush and call me odd(ie)...

Tom

PS My particular faves of yours recently are 234 to 237 and 214 really really good... an inspiration...

8:45 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thanks Tom. I think possibly jackdaws or rooks then. Something about them seemed crow-like rather than thrush-like - but then what would I know! By the way, are you the Tom who e-mailed me about the blog?

12:23 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Been for another walk and they're definitely jackdaws and rooks. Found a great website where you can hear the sounds http://www.garden-birds.co.uk
thanks Tom for making me look

4:02 pm  

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