Richard Bell’s Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Friday, 2nd January 2009
BLUE TITS are coming to the sunflower heart feeders. I’m trying to be honest about
their true colours as I see them on a dull winter’s afternoon. It’s not the bright
blue cap and yellow breast of the idealised image that I have in mind.
And to be honest, I can’t see the red on the robin’s breast as it comes to the feeder.
A blackbird perches on the shed roof - no problems in seeing his colour - although,
as the light continues to fade, I’m working from memory as I add watercolour to my
drawing of the shed itself.
A wren hops along at the edge of the patio. No, ‘hop’ probably gives the wrong impression;
the way it keeps pausing and investigating is mouselike.