Thursday, 15 January 2015

A Sunday spent birding at Broadsands

Broadsands in the early morning sunshine before the terrible weather due over the next few days.


Here is a little look at what the environment is like here. Very pretty at the bottom of the hill, on the way to the beach with mature trees, old houses and a Robin to sing me along.


Views across the fields as I walk.

Down at the car park, a look at the stream, reed beds and wonderful bird habitat.


Black headed Gulls enjoying the fresh water puddles and light breeze available


The Cirl Buntings at Broadsands




This is where I discovered I have become so used to the bridge camera that I can't use the dslr anymore. Lots of fuzzy shots and out of focus...how annoying. Still it's a new (second hand) Nikon body upgrade and I haven't had time to read about it or check the settings.


I can't remember what the other bird in this photo is but I'm sure many of you will know!


There were over 30 of these lovely little birds about this morning.


Hookhills Viaduct by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It's the only way in and out by car and having to pass under this every time is just lovely.


Can't resist a sea shot with this orange painted ship shining brightly in the sun. It's been in the bay for the last few days.


The beach huts and Black headed Gulls enjoying the morning sunshine.


I'm really running out of time at the moment. Not helped by a very ill cat and lots of vet trips. It's not looking good for him right now. On Saturday I had to repair the laptop, after a moment of fear that it was completely broken, it took a couple of hours, but was only a minor problem really. We still have lots of things to organise and arrange and the electrician starts next Monday.

 After writing this at the weekend I had every intention of getting the post out, but our cat became very ill and needed my attention.

Sadly our lovely black cat Chilli was put to sleep today (Thursday) after discovering a fast growing cancer in his intestines. This is a picture of him sitting in the sunshine looking very contented just a few months ago. I'm so glad I took it then.


It's a sad SeagullSuzie house today, but we have known for a few days it was coming and the vet was wonderful with us and Chilli.

Until next time
SeagullSuzie

27 comments:

  1. So very sorry to read about Chilli, take care x

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    1. Many thanks Jessica, it's a little easier when you know it's coming, but I still cried even when I brought him in on the Monday-luckily the vets know what I'm like with my pets. One thing about Chilli - he certainly would have taken care of your mice problems!

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  2. I am so sad about Chilli. My thoughts are with you. It is a wonderful photo of him at the end and will be a treasure I am sure. xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, the great thing about blogging is it makes you take lots of photos, of all sorts of things and I think I was out in the garden trying to photograph something when I saw him enjoying the sunshine. I do have one or two with his eyes open, they were a beautiful yellow colour and against his black fur, always looked stunning.

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  3. So sorry about Chilli, I send you hugs
    Julie xxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you Julie, I still have three lovely cats to keep me occupied else the house would seem very empty.

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  4. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Chilli, losing a pet is always a difficult time and may I express my deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family.

    However despite the sad conclusion to this post I did nevertheless enjoy seeing more of your new 'home patch'. Having a fine example of Brunel's handiwork is a real bonus though for me the large number of Cirl Buntings is even better.

    Kindest regards and best wishes :-)

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    1. Many thanks for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed the quick tour of our new patch. There are birds galore here, with lots of mature trees, despite being so close to the beach. I was very disappointed with my images of the Cirl Bunting as I knew you would be interested in them. Anyway at least you can see we have plenty of them, so many more days will be spent walking with the camera to get some better images.

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  5. I am so very sorry to hear the sad news about Chilli - its always so upsetting to lose a family pet when they have become such a huge part of the family.

    It is lovely to see the beautiful area you have recently moved to - and I had to smile at your comments re: using the dslr compared to the bridge! Its absolutely wonderful to see Cirl Buntings - we looked years ago when we came down to the Kingsbridge area to watch the total eclipse but had no luck. Your other bird in the photo is a Reed Bunting.

    Take care Suzie and thank you for sharing such a lovely photo of Chilli.

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    1. Thank you, he was a great cat, such a proud and handsome pet and just loved the outdoors. I have been sitting down in the evening with my new camera going through all the settings, trying to get it set up correctly. I am determined not to fail again with the Cirl Buntings. Thank you for the ID of the Reed Bunting too.

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  6. I was so sorry to read about dear Chilli. I feel for you loosing another beloved pet within a year. I'm glad you were able to move into the rented house with the cats earlier in the year and didn't have to put them in a cattery.
    Your new area looks lovely- those beach huts are so colourfu!l. It looks as if you are having fun exploring and getting to know new roads and routes to familiar locations. Take care. Sarah x

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    1. Many thanks Sarah, yes it's hard to believe that just over 4 years ago we had two dogs and 4 cats and now we are down to three pets. I'm also thinking...how the heck did we manage to move house with that many animals!!
      It's a lovely place to live, but I hope to get over to Brixham regularly with the camera as well.

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  7. I love your beach huts with their pretty coloured doors and puddle reflections, but I am sad to learn that you have lost your dear cat Chilli, take care Suzy♡

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    1. Thank you Rosemary. The beach huts looked lovely in the early winter sunshine and I loved watching the gulls washing in the giant puddle in front of them. Sometimes that area of grass is completely under water and the beach huts reflect beautifully into it....must get a photo when that happens next time!

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  8. I love the colorful photo of the huts!
    Made me believe that spring will come back
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Hello Amalia, thanks for stopping by. Yes it felt like spring was not far away that morning, however this morning we had a very heavy frost...can't wait 'till summer.

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  9. So sorry to hear about losing Chilli. You must feel lost without him.

    Lovely colourful photos - it looks like you have moved to a lovely area, and great for walking.

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    1. Thank you, yes we do miss him, he was quite a character, and as he became more unwell, I looked after him more and more, cooking fresh cod and chicken which he loved.
      It is a great place for walking and so easy to just take a sandwich and a flask of tea and sit on the beach for an hour when the weather is nice.

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  10. So very sorry to hear about Chilli, it is so very sad when a much loved pet has to move on. Your new neck of the woods looks lovely, so near the sea!! Looks like I will be able to give you a wave from the steam train while chugging over the viaduct!! Kindest regards X

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    1. Yes you will have to give us a wave or hold up a sign that says hello SeagullSuzie!!
      Thank you for your kind words, yes we will miss Chilli very much we had him for 7 years and he was a great pet, a real classic cat, not overly clingy, but proud and very happy to have a home.

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  11. So sorry to read about Chilli. That is a lovely picture. The Cirl Buntings are beautiful. Your new home looks a lovely place- will look forward to seeing more pictures of it and its wildlife this year :o)

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    1. Thank you CT, I hope to be able to bring you lots of wildlife images from here. Still on the lookout for ringed birds. We get lots of twitchers here, always a good source of knowledge on whats visiting the bay.

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  12. Preciosas fotografías y bonito blog, me hago seguidor. Saludos desde España.
    Fauna Compacta blogspot

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    1. Thank you for taking a look and leaving a comment. You have a great blog which I look forward to following.

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  13. Sorry to hear about your cat Suzie. Its never an easy to decision to make about that. We had to do that once with our dog some years ago now and it was an awful time. I have never seen a Cirl Bunting yet.
    The other bird with the black head is a male Reed Bunting.

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    1. Never gets any easier Roy and sadly we have had to do it quite a few times. Pretty poor images of the Cirl Bunting I know and I'll be out again hopefully tomorrow with the camera trying to get some better images. Thank you for the ID of the Reed Bunting, I just didn't have time to look it up. I almost got some images of Chiffchaffs...but they were all blurred...oh I was cross. I expect there will be lots of new birds for me here and I'll have to get much better at identification.

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  14. I'm so sorry about your dear little cat Suzie. We have been through it too and it is such a hard decision but can be the kindest one in the long run.So sorry Suzie.

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