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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

www.inesemjphotography Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Those images are birdsโ€™ 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. Johnโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

  4. My ‘Reader’ tells me I am not following you, Inese. Ridiculous on the part of WP!!!! That said another stupendous ‘warm glow’ feeling post of wonderful photographs and explanatory words. You have the gift.

  5. Great images! Your bird pictures just keep getting better and better – I think they like you. That turquoise winged bird was really incredible. Wow!

    1. Thank you, Syd! Songbird photography is my latest hobby as I had to slow down a lot lately. These pictures were taken from November to late February during my unhurried walks along the river :). Still I am planning a trip to Saltees in July, even if it is going to be a short hike, like last year. Puffins are easier to shoot than wrens ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. It would help if I had a garden and a feeder ๐Ÿ™‚ My models are quite shy, but some individuals are bolder than others. It is interesting that the birds are not the same at all.

  6. Beautiful scenery and fantastic captures of birds, Inese. I love rare sightings of frogs too. Yesterday my husband scooped up some tadpoles that where in danger of being eaten by ducks and released them in waters where they will encounter fewer hazards.

    1. Oh I am so glad you rescued the tadpoles! I have to tell you that the tadpoles I wrote about are gone… It wasn’t a dog though. There was some flooding one weekend and they had been washed all over the grass and probably picked up by birds. I saw two bigger tadpoles after the event, but only once. Never seen the adult frogs after taking this picture. Hope they relocated.

  7. Inese, Iโ€™m moved by the beauty of the birds in your wonderful photographs, they all seem to capture individual characteristics of the birds and I find myself creating a narrative for some. A delightful post! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Hello dear Inese,
    I agree with what has already been said – no one takes photos of nature with the way you do โค
    It's a real joy to continue along this beautiful river, and your tribute to all nature (both big and small) is wonderful. I hope you are having a good holiday.

    1. Thank you, Takami โค This short trail is a gem. Songbird photography was never on my agenda before. First I was inspired by your Kingfisher, and after that I just started to look closer ๐Ÿ™‚ There is another river I am going to write about soon.

  9. Inese, no-one takes pics of nature the way you do The last pic here with the verdigris on the bark is my fav. but that is not to take anything away from any one of your pics before that one. Just lovely xx

    1. Thank you! Sorry for the late reply. As I had to slow down, these walks were my source of discoveries over the last winter. Still, I look forward to seeing puffins this summer xxxx

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