Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sun and no wind!!!

What a stunning morning, a light frost and wall to wall sunshine. The car park held 3 FIELDFARE and 12 REDWING, a CHAFFINCH was singing, the first time I've heard one this year, it was joined by DUNNOCKS, ROBINS and SONG THRUSHES which made it feel decidedly spring like. A look from the barn across the valley produced 5 GREY HERON (61) having a look at the damage done to their nests over the winter, a couple have been lost completely, I hope they rebuild successfully. While watching them a CANADA GOOSE (62) called as it flew through the valley. On the lake the WATER RAIL was seen well but not long enough to get any pics.
I spent quite a long time in the woods looking for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker to no avail but there were plenty of TREECREEPERS, NUTHATCHES joined by MARSH TITS and GOLDCRESTS with the odd SISKIN and REDPOLL flying over. Coming out of the wood the first BUZZARD was picked up flying low towards me, later 5 were in the air at once and a SPARROWHAWK also circled over Digdog Lane.
A quick look in the hide found the only YELLOWHAMMERS of the morning with 4 on the ground below the new feeders. Other birds this morning included 3 BULLFINCH, 27 STARLINGS a GREENFINCH and a few STOCK DOVES milling around. I managed a couple pics but hoped for better.

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail






Warren Baker said...

Snap with the Heron Alan, maybe a few have lost their nests and are dispersing again ?

I like that Treecreeper image, got it right out in the open, nice Pied Wagtail too, hard to get them exposed correctly .

Marc Heath said...

Nice Treecreeper shots. A bird that is very rare at Reculver.

Phil said...

Like your 'creeper shots Alan. Never managed a half decent pic of one myself.

Trees Planet said...

All the shots are so nice. Trees Planet

Herman versteeg said...

Mooie serie foto's
groetjes Herman.

Helma said...

Hi Alan,
sorry for my late response but I had some long days course for my work. 'm Only now read up on it because I did not previously added.

What a beautiful picture, pictures of the white wagtail, but also the tree creeper is very nicely. The robin is also very nicely recorded.
Greetings, Helma