Thursday, 17 November 2011

November 17th

Even brighter this morning, the sun shone and everything!! It certainly makes a difference to my early morning walks, this morning everything was waking up earlier due to the improved conditions. The only SISKIN flew over as I got out of the car. There was a little rush of birds again in the car park, the SONG THRUSH was singing well and there were 6 GREENFINCHES in the hedge, REDWINGS and FIELDFARES were both leaving their roosts. LONG TAILED TITS and GOLDCRESTS added to the first few minutes. With my excitement at the event of the pond, I checked it out again this morning. I had a chat with the digger driver and the pond will consist of deeper parts and shallow areas and should manage to contain water all year round.

I left the driver and walked along the hedges, the next birds I saw were 5 LITTLE EGRETS that settled down along the stream out of sight, this was the largest flock this year. Next a confiding REED BUNTING sat and eyed me for a short while.

A nice surprise!! 5 Little Egrets

Reed Bunting

SKYLARK and LINNET numbers were up on yesterday and the Skylarks were dancing all around in the sky above me. Other birds today included several PIED WAGTAILS, a JAY, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREY HERON and at least 8 BULLFINCHES.
Pied Wagtail

13 comments: said...

The pic of the whagtail is top quality.......and the 5 egrets , that is to begging a happy day.

Dean said...

Brill photos, Alan. It`s a good job that Reed Buning is a female ;-)

Marianne said...

Lovely photos - beautiful dawn skies :)

Derek Faulkner said...

New ponds, Egrets, Reed Buntings, you won't need to come to Harty much more at this rate.

Rob Stokes said...

Hi Alan great photos especially like the Reed Bunting

Bob Bushell said...

Great pictures on a beautiful day.

Ramón Suárez said...

Muy buenas fotos Alan!!, en especial la lavandera. Saludos!!

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne


Ich habe eben deinen Blog entdeckt. Sehr schöne Bilder! Die Vögel sind süss! Wunderschöner Sonnenaufgang!

Liebe Grüsse und ein schönes Wochenende
Yvonne und Raphael

Alan Pavey said...

Hi El Campero Inquieto, thank you, it was a lovely morning and difficult to leave to go to work!!

Hi Dean, Thanks, I committed a cardinal sin and saw the Reed Bunting took the photos and didn't look at it properly, a quick glance later on the back of the camera and I thought is that a Reed Bunting or Rustic!! Wishful thinking!

Hi Marianne, thank you, it was a stunning morning, with a few nice birds too :-)

Hi Derek, the skies the limit! I am quite excited about the pond but I would be very happy with anything that turns up a Harty finding it's way down here, SEO's especially.

Hi Rob, thanks, just occasionally some birds pose for us, it's always helpful when they do :-)

Hi Bob, thanks, it certainly was a beautiful day!

Hi Ramon, gracias, I'm glad you like the lavandera, saludos!

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Raphael und Yvonne,Vielen Dank fur ihr kommentare bin ich dir die fotos sehr zufrieden. Vielen Dank fur ihren besuch auf meiner blog :-)

ferreiro said...

gran serie unas fotos muy buenas sobre todo la lavandera un saludo

Warren Baker said...

Alan, I didn't know you were bi-lingual ! Great photo's today, some lovely lighting, keep 'em coming!

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Ferreiro, gracias, I'm glad you like the lavandera, saludos!

Hi Warren, Cheers, I wish I was bilingual!! Google translator is very useful and hopefully I might learn something :-)