Thursday, 19 April 2012

A few migrants appear

After roaming around and neglecting the patch, I have managed a couple of little visits over the last few days. Just before the Madrid trip, Warrens wandering BARNACLE GOOSE (77) put in a quick fly by appearance with a GREYLAG GOOSE. The first new summer migrants after getting back were two SWALLOW (78) flying south in a the cold northerly on Sunday 15th, later in the day a short spell of sunshine encouraged a CUCKOO (79) to sing from Bull and Birches wood. Yesterday morning, before it rained, I found a WILLOW WARBLER (80) singing by the lake in the company of a pair of BLACKCAPS and a very active CHIFFCHAFF. Below are a couple of pics from this weeks walks.

Blue Tit
I have missed a couple of birds, the first Nightingale was heard by Dad on the 12th and another local birder had a low flying Red Kite that came over from castle and must have almost flown over my house at 6.10pm on Friday, I arrived home at 6.20!!!

13 comments: said...

A nightingale thats a nice one!
The migrants always a joy and surprise in our local patch!

heyBJK said...

Fantastic shots, Alan! Love the colors in the Blue Tit!

John said...

Hi Alan,
A lovely photo of a dishevelled Blue Tit! The migrants are starting to come in thick and fast now, bring `em on!

Edwin Sahlin said...

A great photo of the blue tit!'

Greenie said...

Alan ,
Nice to see some blue sky , it looks like we have quite a wait for it to return .
Nice Nuthatch shot .

ShySongbird said...

Lovely Nuthatch photo Alan!

Warren Baker said...

I wondered where my Barnacle Goose had gone!

Good to see you visiting your patch again Alan, look forward to more sightings :-)

Nice Blue Tit BTW!

Kungsfiskaren said...

Wow, two stunning photos. Absolute top class.
Greetings from Sweden

Mike H said...

Great to hear more on the patch Alan, some nice shots too. Must pay you a visit as soon as this paint brush gets unattached from my hand!!

Tammy said...

Glad to hear some migrants are stopping by! The Blue Tit photo is just beautiful; what a lovely perch!

Marianne said...

Spring seems a bit slow to get going, not surprising with the weather I guess. Great photos :)

Rachel J said...

Nice photos as always Al. Heard my first whitethroats on the farm this week and cuckoo at the weekend. Swallows very thin on ground still though. Hope all good with you work-wise etc.

Christian said...

Cracking couple of shots Alan. Love the Nuthatch and the Bluetit amongst the buds is lovely.