St. John’s River: Cherrymount

This is the part of the river you see from the Cherrymount foot bridge.

And this is the walkway.

You can hear birds sing on both sides of the river. I love taking photographs of birds simply to acknowledge their beautiful presence, but usually I make them a part of a composition. In these blog posts I share both kinds of pictures to showcase the diversity of bird species around the St. John’s River.

Magpies check the ground for crumbs and dog kibble.

Male Blackbird and female Chaffinches: size against the numbers πŸ™‚

Male Blackbird stares disapprovingly, and continues his lunch. Blackbirds are sexually dimorphic species – males and females look very different.

This is a female Blackbird foraging in the undergrowth.

Beautiful Siskins more likely have traveled from Scandinavia or Russia. They arrived in flock, and I spotted them feeding in the Alder tree. In the photographs below: two males and a charming female Siskin.

Of course, there is always a curious Robin.

Male Chaffinch is singing his heart out.

The walkway is beautiful, with many species of trees and shrubs.

Golden willow on the other side of the river is a delightful sight in the grey of winter.

Daffodils planted by Friends are blooming from February.

There is a little pool I always worry about. Frogs are a rare sight, and each one is precious. Tadpoles stay in a tight group when the weather is cold. It takes one thirsty dog to gulp down a whole generation.

All four Tit species can be seen around St. John’s River.

This is a Great tit.

Who wouldn’t like this funny face πŸ™‚

Blue tit is a stunningly colourful little bird. The hue of blue is the most vibrant in the winter months.

Coal tit has a distinctive white mark on the back of its head. Like the other tits, it is a busy and cheerful bird.

Tiny Long-tailed tit is another beauty in the family.


If Robin likes to watch you openly, from a close distance, Wren will stay behind the scenes. Don’t be fooled – Wren is always somewhere there πŸ™‚

We will meet again in two weeks. Thank you for joining the walk!

www.inesemjphotography Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Those images are birds’ equivalent of street photography. Just as candid photographs portray humans amidst natural surroundings and emotions, the birds in those images have been captured going about their lives singing, tweeting, foraging and darting about St. John’s river. I like how you have made the avian ecosystem a part of the story of the river.

    1. Thank you Uma! Just wanted to highlight this little but beautiful detail of our surroundings. Hope it was a start of a new hobby for someone πŸ˜‰

  2. Beautiful birds, Inese. It amazes me that you know so many of their names. I love your photos and how you capture some of their expressions. You gave me a huge smile. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Diana! Songbird photography is my recent hobby as I had to slow down and find inspiration in my short walks around the town πŸ™‚

  3. Your photos are always stunning. You must be the quietest person in the world to sneak up on the to take these photos. IN so many of these pics they are looking right back at you. Surprised you can pull this off so smoothly.

    Thank you for teaching me a new term. I had to read about dimorphic. Very interesting indeed.

    1. Thank you, Joseph! I used to run field trips for Biology students some 40 years ago πŸ™‚ My bird identification skills are quite rusty, to tell the truth, but now that I had to slow down, songbird photography is a right hobby for me.

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