Grumpy looking Blue Jay.

A shot from Sunday afternoon of week 43. It was alternating between light rain and wet snow. I had set the camera up because there had been two Fox Sparrows in the yard earlier.

The Fox Sparrows didn’t reappear but I got shots of various species including this Blue Jay. I think it’s just the angle of the birds head that’s making it look grumpy.

Grumpy looking Blue Jay.

Napping male Common Pochard.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1990s. This male Common Pochard was napping in front of a wooden hide (blind) on a reservoir in south Cheshire. The ripples and peeking eye add to the image for me.

Large numbers of Common Pochard winter in the U.K. and this bird was in a small flock that visited the reservoir.

Common Pochard napping.