Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Not much has changed birdwise on my patch from yesterday, the lake had frozen over again, but only lightly. I had an interesting encounter with a small party of birds whilst at the lake, I watched a pair of MARSH TITS, a GOLDCREST, and a TREECREEPER all feeding together, the Treecreeper gave some loud descending song, most enjoyable to hear. I also found a LITTLE OWL just outside it's roost hole, in an apple tree situated in the small holding, it gave some cracking photo opportunities.
Most of the other bird activity was again at Migrant Alley, with hundreds of winter thrushes, 15 SKYLARKS, 8 LINNETS, 5 YELLOWHAMMER, 250 STARLINGS and a single LAPWING.
As I write this I've just received an e-mail from the people who live next to one of the lakes. It reads-:

A marsh/willow tit just flew into our sitting room window with a thud. I watched it for a while on the ground and it started to drop its head and fall over. I brought it into the kitchen and kept it dark and after a few minutes it revived and we let it go. It had a shiny head so from our book that makes it a marsh tit.

This was one of the birds I was watching a few hours ago, Shame it wasn't the one with the ring on it's leg. Lets hope it survives ok!
Not much else happening today, it's got to improve soon!

Below are some pics. of the Little Owl

You might have to enlarge this last pic.
And below is the flock of Starlings at Migrant Alley

Once again I tried to capture the Fieldfare/Redwing numbers, but they were very flighty! Most of them had flown to another part of the field when I took the photo below.



fishing guy said...

Warren: Those are really great photos of the owl, nicely done.

Anonymous said...

Little Owls are so photogenic. Well captured, Warren.

lee said...

Hello Warren, did the Marsh tit give a (little owl) when it bumped its head. sorry couldn't resist that one.

Ken said...

Cracking shots of the Little Owl Warren. They are real characters. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely excellent Owl Photos. It must have been exciting to be there.