Bird Vision

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At last the sun is shining and it looks as though Spring is finally here.

Spring Is Here

The temperatures aren’t quite what they should be at this time of the year, but with the blue skies, lockdown coming to an end, it all seems to be heading the right way. One of my new found ways of passing the time is watching the wildlife around these parts. Foxes, Rabbits, Pheasants, Red Kites and all sorts of small birds. Of course, in about a months time the great influx of House Martins, Swifts and Swallows will be heading our way from Africa.

Binoculars

With binoculars in hand, I had noticed a small flock of birds on one of the power line poles in the field opposite where we live. They’re not the most expensive ones, but they are useful for picking up things like Foxes or even the odd Deer in the thicket. I tried to focus on the birds which had landed, but no matter how I tried, I could not sharpen the image. It remained blurred and trying to look at them with the naked eye was no good as they were just too far away.

Call The Cake Baker

I knew from the date that they wouldn’t be House Martins, it’s far too early for them. I’ve never seen Sparrows or come to think of it any other small birds gather like that on a power line. I know, I’ll give wifey a shout, I’m sure she may shed some light on the puzzle, her eyes are much better than mine. She was busy in the kitchen at the time, probably making one of her Lemon Drizzle cakes, but she dropped everything to come and see this strange gathering of feathered friends.

Oh Dear

As I held the binoculars out to pass to her, I explained that she needs to look at the second telegraph pole in the field opposite, the one with the cluster of ‘things’ on top. She didn’t take the binoculars, she squinted her eyes, looked at the pole, then looked at me and said, “You Silly Old Sod! Those aren’t birds at all. They’re the ceramic pots that the power cables pass through!” and off she stomped, back to the land of cake baking. I’ve added a photo below of a close up of what I really saw. Time for a new pair of binoculars I think.

Birds on a wire

If you’d like to know more about our birds in the UK, the RSPB have a good website.

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45 Comments
  • John
    April 16, 2021

    Is it time for new lenses? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    • Trev Jones
      April 16, 2021

      For me or the binoculars. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • SAM VOELKER
    April 16, 2021

    Have you had those glasses checked lately Ha~!

    • Trev Jones
      April 16, 2021

      I know, thanl you, Sam ๐Ÿ™‚

  • conniejjasperson
    April 16, 2021

    Don’t feel alone. I had a similar incident last year, thinking I heard a new bird call. I kept asking my husband what bird made that kind of call, and he finally said, “Your sleeve brushing against your jacket as you walk is making the only sound I hear.” Sure enough, the sound stopped when I did ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Trev
      April 16, 2021

      Thank you, Connie, you’re as daft as me. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Peter's pondering
      April 16, 2021

      Been there, done that!

      • Trev
        April 16, 2021

        Being a young man, it’s all new to me, Peter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous
    April 16, 2021

    Thanks for the good laugh!

    • Trev
      April 16, 2021

      Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Yetismith
    April 16, 2021

    The famous lesser ceramicpotard. Well done for spotting them!

    • Trev
      April 16, 2021

      Thank you, Yeti. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • bitaboutbritain
    April 16, 2021

    So, maybe Leonard Cohen should have written Ceramic Pots on a Wire?

    • Trev
      April 16, 2021

      Lol, thank you, great reply. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • susiesopinions
    April 16, 2021

    Glad that things are starting to turn around for you all ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Trev
      April 16, 2021

      Thank you, Susie. I hope you’re managing too.

  • Pied Type
    April 16, 2021

    I hope it’s the binoculars, not your eyes. When did you last have an eye exam?

    • Trev
      April 17, 2021

      I am due an eye test, but Iโ€™m blaming the binoculars. Thank you, ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • SueW
    April 17, 2021

    Iโ€™ve lost track of the times Iโ€™ve spied a new species of animal, or spotted something dead. Funny how clumps of earth and the odd twig or two can play tricks on us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      April 17, 2021

      Yes, I saw a clump of grass in the road last week and I stopped as I thought it was. Hedgehog. Thank you, Sue. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Going Batty in Wales
    April 17, 2021

    An easy mistake to make! I have a pair of binoculars like that too.

    • Trev
      April 17, 2021

      Thank you, I’m glad I’m not alone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • dunelight
    April 18, 2021

    Oh lordie, that out of focus binocular shot almost did me in! My eyes! I love watching birds. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      April 18, 2021

      Lol, sorry and I agree with you about watching birds. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Invisibly Me
    April 19, 2021

    Hahahah it’s an easy mistake to make, mistaking pots for socially distanced birds ๐Ÿ˜†

    • Trev
      April 19, 2021

      I think so too, Caz. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • librepaley
    April 19, 2021

    Much sympathy from a fellow short-sighted person.

    • Trev
      April 19, 2021

      Thank you.๐Ÿ˜Š

  • juliecroundblog
    April 20, 2021

    I had a similar problem with the camera on my phone. I could see what was on the bird feeder at the end of the garden but when I took a photo to show the family it was just a black blob. It was under at tree and had a long something hanging from it. It was actually a tiny mouse but impossible to identify from the photo.

    • Trev
      April 20, 2021

      Ooooh, I go all strange if I see a mouse. Thank you, Julie ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Amanda
    April 20, 2021

    Youโ€™re a riot Trev. Keep sharing ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Trev
      April 20, 2021

      Thank you, Amanda. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • bekitschig
    April 21, 2021

    No hearing, no eyesight, what on earth is gonna happen next week?

    • Trev
      April 21, 2021

      What? Who said that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
    April 21, 2021

    An engaging and amusing post, Trev! <3 Have a wonderful day!

    • Trev
      April 21, 2021

      Thank you, Cheryl. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • iammrsshecky
    April 23, 2021

    That is funny! Spotting scopes are really good. Also a good pair of hunting binoculars are much better than regular ones. Even using a camera with a good lens works. That cake sounds delicious too!

    • Trev
      April 23, 2021

      Thank you, Mrs Shecky. I will keep my eyes wide open for a decent pair of binoculars. Yes, the cake was delicious, thank you again๐Ÿ˜Š

  • sunnydaysinseattle
    April 23, 2021

    Hahahahahaha Wifey was kind and I hope the lemon drizzle cake fed you well ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      April 23, 2021

      She was kind and yes, the cake was delicious. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JessicaMarieBaumgartner
    April 27, 2021

    Sounds so fun haha

    • Trev
      April 27, 2021

      Thank you, Jessica ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      April 27, 2021

      Thank you, Jessica. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LazyLiterature
    May 23, 2021

    Hey I notice your always one of the first to like my blog would be great if you shared one of my posts

    • Trev
      May 23, 2021

      I never share posts, sorry. I wouldnโ€™t know how too. As Iโ€™m on a private host I canโ€™t reblog either. Sorry

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