Monday, 10 October 2011

Oct. 10th

I was so late this morning, I just about missed 'mothing', I was there just long enough to see the Grey Shoulder Knot, a November Moth, Beaded Chestnut and a few Sallows.
The birding this morning started with a lone REDPOLL circling overhead a couple of times and before too long a flock of about 30 birds was found in a Silver Birch near the restaurant kitchen. These were joined by a few GOLDFINCHES and SISKIN.
Still hoping for a better Redpoll pic.

I checked out the Lodge field, which was ploughed yesterday when it held around 160 HERRING GULLS and single figures of BLACK HEADED and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, this morning though it only held 2 Herring Gulls. There was 1 CHIFFCHAFF in the hedge below the veg garden and a couple of REDWING went over as I walked the hedge towards the stream. I headed to the lake and added GOLDCREST and MISTLE THRUSH, as well as GREY HERON.
Blue Tit

The little bit of the wood I went through was quiet but on the way back up to the car via Park Field there was again a good flock of at least 8 BULLFINCH and a dozen or so LONG TAILED TITS.
Below are a couple of random pics I took yesterday.......


John said...

Lovely shot of the Blue Tit Alan!
The first signs of winter visitors are appearing with the arrival of Redpolls, a very underated finch, in my humble opinion! We have had a few Redwing and Siskin, a sure sign winter is on the way!

Anonymous said...

I agree with John. Great shot, Alan. said...

The fool moon shot is a nice one too!
Nice day

Warren Baker said...

you Redpoll shot is on a par with my efforts Alan, they are tricky birds to photograph :-)

Bob Bushell said...

The moon and the sunset were great, and hear about the Redpoll and Redwing, they are magnificent.

Alan Pavey said...

Hi John, Thanks, I'm with you re the Redpoll, underated and possibly over looked at times :-)
I like this time of year, as it feels like you can see the birds really arriving.

Hi Dean, Thanks, I'm struggling to get any pics at the moment with little light before I go to work!

Hi El Campero Inquiento, Thank you, I am pleased you like the moon picture it's the first one I've taken that actually looks like the moon and not a just a white fuzzy blob :-)

Hi Warren, They are tricky, hopefully we'll have a good winter for them and get lots of oppertunities.

Hi Bob, Thanks, hopefully we'll get a chance at some Redwing shots this winter.