Monday, 14 March 2011

Another Sunny Start

What a fantastic morning to be out walking! The birds thought so to and were sitting up singing wherever possible. The Goldcrest in the car park was particularly noisy as were the House Sparrows and Goldfinches, even the Grey Heron joined in although not quite as melodically as the other birds! Two flocks of about 30 Chaffinches flew high east early on, the first bit of movement I've seen recently apart from a few small flocks of Starlings whizzing through and small amounts of gulls passing overhead. The lake was quiet again, one Siskin flew over it and I could hear Long Tailed Tits nearby, 3 Jays flew from an Oak just above the lake, the most I've seen together so far this year sometimes in autumn 6-8 can be seen together. The light was nice on the lake and I tried a couple of shots to capture it, with limited success. I didn't get out to the fields but could hear distant Yellowhammers and Skylarks, also the 2 Greylags flew over again. A Sparrowhawk drifted low over the wood and back at the car park I managed to find 1 Fieldfare and 2 Redwings a single Common Gull flew low east there as well. Later Stephen actually heard a Chiffchaff something I'm still looking forward to, even though the song is monotonous, it does add to the feeling of spring an I would certainly miss it if it disappeared.
Trying to capture the light, more practice needed!!
I was enjoying the reflections this morning, (I think this looks slightly better when you click on it to make it bigger??)
One of many birds enjoying a song!


Warren Baker said...

Very atmospheric Alan, I had just a brief taste of the sunshine as I walked to work, but as nearly always happens, it turns cloudy on the walk home !

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Warren, the sun was definitely all to brief, I've been outside most of the day and it's been quite cool.

Greenie said...

Alan ,
Looks like you had a better start to the day , quite foggy here .
Great shot of the Wren , busting it's lungs .
I noticed an increase in Chaffinch numbers today too .

ShySongbird said...

Very nice Wren shot Alan and the others have a nice moody atmosphere.

I'm still waiting for the Chiffchaff too but my husband heard one last week!

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Greenie, Thank you, the Wren was going for it! I just read that Sandwich Bay had quite a few Chaffinches over as well yesterday.

Hi ShySongbird,Thank you, Your Chiffchaff must be just round the corner :-) I had another or the same one this morning still not singing!!