Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Not much to excite my birding world today  :-)  I visited the Lakes and Scrubby Woods, plus had a good look through the Tree Nursery. I say not much to excite me was found, but the LITTLE OWL was again in the old shack at the Tree Nursery, I don't find them everyday, also the CORMORANT that flew over isn't a regular on my list, todays was just the third this month, 3 KESTRELS hunting together, were almost certainly part of the brood that bred on patch earlier in the year, and a SPARROWHAWK over the Greenhouses is always a 'stop and look' moment.

The feeding flock at the Scrubby Woods was again located, with the LONG TAILED TITS were NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, COAL TIT, GOLDCREST and SISKIN  along with the regular BLUE and GREAT TITS, WREN, DUNNOCK, and ROBIN. A single HOUSE MARTIN was the only summer species seen, making it's way SW against the strong wind.

So although not a terribly exciting visit, some good birds were seen, considering the habitat here is just bog standard degraded Kent countryside  :-)

There is one piece of habitat on my patch that bucks that trend though, - my garden  :-)  I spent 40 minutes watching the comings and goings at the feeders, and took some photo's of a few regulars that visit at this time of year........................
The young Blue Tits of the year are now sporting there full adult plumage
Blue Tit
Two Nuthatch visit, carrying off more Sunflower hearts than they could possibly eat!
3 Coal Tits are regulars, but they still avoid sitting in a nicely lit place to be photographed  :-)


Pete Woodruff said...

Warren....I don't want to be hearing anymore of this 'not much to excite my birding world today'....just doesn't suit you, and isn't true anyhow.

Alan Pavey said...

Great shots again Warren, I must start feeding the birds in the garden, there were 7 cats next door but I think we're down to 3 now so maybe it's time :-)

Warren Baker said...

Sorry Pete,
I must be more positive, I got a bit tired today :-)

Warren Baker said...

Hi Alan,
Yep, get the sunflower hearts out, and but a big water squirter to spray the cats ! ;-)

Rohrerbot said...

Hey, maybe there wasn't much out of the ordinary but those pics are super duper close and detailed. Love them:)

Marc Heath said...

Nice set Warren. don't think I have ever photographed a Coal Tit. A target I shall have to sort out.

ShySongbird said...

Lovely photos of your garden regulars Warren. The Coal Tits in my garden won't pose out in the open either and of course they never stay on the feeders long enough. So it's shady, twiggy shots or nothing unless I can catch them on the birdbath occasionally. Still, I can't blame them with neighbourhood cats and the Sparrowhawk to contend with!