Sunday, 14 October 2012

Another view of the suns rays breaking through the canopy over at the Scrubby Woods
Before the sun arrived though, it was foggy and frosty, making it particularly quiet out on my patch early on, the first hour only gave me 24 species, the best of which were the KESTREL at the Greenhouse Grounds, where a few REDWING were feeding on the Hawthorn bushes and a flyover MEADOW PIPIT that was invisible in the fog!

After visiting the College Grounds and Migrant Alley, I went back to the Greenhouse Grounds, the sun had now broken through, and the bird activity had increased. In the scrub and hedgerow there were at least two dozen BLACKBIRDS, as well as 4 SONGTHRUSH, 4 Redwing, 2 SISKIN, 2 LESSER REDPOLL, a CHIFFCHAFF and a female BLACKCAP. WRENS, ROBINS, DUNNOCKS, GOLDFINCH, BLUE and GREAT TITS also gathered in good numbers to feed here. Whilst photographing the Siskins, a PEREGINE flew over at speed and headed SE, and flyovers from SKYLARK, BLACK HEADED GULL, HERRING GULL, and MISTLE THRUSH were also had.
Goldfinch On Alder
Siskin On Alder  ( i'll post the other Siskin shots tomorrow)
It was 10:00hrs before I reached the Lakes and Scrubby Woods, having not seen much at the Small Holding and Wet woods, only GREEN WOODPECKERS and a couple of COAL TITS. The lakes were home to just a few MOORHEN today, not even a Mallard was there. The surrounding vegetation and the Scrubby Woods were given a good look through, mainly to try and relocate the Marsh Tit, which wasn't found, it was probably off with the Long tailed Tits, which weren't about either  :-)  Only a NUTHATCH and four BULLFINCH were of much interest here today, so I made my way back over to my seat at Migrant Alley for a Sky watching session, on the way photographing a proper ''wild'' jay as it flew past, as opposed to the ones that visit my garden   :-)
One for Marc,  :-)  - proper Jay, not the best shot, I hope to get another chance this autumn.
Once at my seat,a passage of SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS was observed, seen high up as I was watching the 8 BUZZARDS that were all up soaring, what a sight! A SPARROWHAWK was also up hunting, a few Siskin, Skylark, Lesser Redpoll, and CHAFFINCH'S all moved through as well, a group of 7 GREY HERON moving west was quite an unreal sighting, the most ive seen here at one time! Later this afternoon I had another hour or so out at my seat, but most it was mostly a quiet time, adding just STOCK DOVE and LINNET to the day list, which ended on 49 species today. I did however manged to photograph another ''proper'' wild Jay ( take note Marc :-)  ) whilst it flew past with an acorn in its bill  :-) Again not the best, it was a little too distant really, but getting better!
Flyover Jay
Flyover Jay
Flyover Jay


Marc Heath said...

You took the challenge then and got some reasonable shots. They turned out well.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Marc
I was very lucky to get what I did, a case of in the right place at the right time, I just wish I was a bit closer. ( isn't that always the case though!)

Pete Woodruff said...

Some good results from your Jay in flight shots Warren.

Little Brown Job said...

Great shots of the Jay Warren.

Marianne said...

Fab Jay pics! And eight Buzzards all up together, that's amazing. How times have changed here in Kent!

Jason K said...

It's all a bit quiet at here at the mo Warren...still after my first patch winter thrushes of the autumn...although they are starting to be seen locally

Friend of HK said...

Great shots of the Jay in flight!

Ken. said...

49 species was a good count for your day's walk. Seeing 8 Common Buzzards was a good spot, even if they are our most common bird of prey around now it is always nice to see them soaring
Well done with the winter thrushes.

Kieron Palmer said...

Hi Warren, I like the Jay shots. Are you still using a 300mm with converter?

Kieron Palmer said...

Hi Warren, I like the Jay shots. Are you still using a 300mm with converter?