Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The weather kept me from a patch walk this afternoon, wind and rain moved through, so I watched the garden feeders for an hour or so. I did however still manage a new species for the November list when 44 CANADA GEESE (64) flew over the College Grounds as I walked to work this morning, better late than never! The Canada Geese move the November tally on to 64, which is the third best November total out of eleven, 2 behind the 66 species found in both 2008 and 2011, but still 4 behind the record total achieved in 2010.

Meanwhile back at my garden feeders there was no sign of yesterdays star bird, the Mistlethrush, but the likes of NUTHATCH (2), COAL TIT (3), MARSH TIT, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (2) and JAY (3) as well as the more numerous GREAT TITS (5), BLUE TITS (15), GOLDFINCH'S (6) and CHAFFINCH'S (6) all stayed around for as long as the SPARROWHAWK was away, which was more than recently, just one failed attack was seen  :-)

WREN, DUNNOCK, ROBIN, WOODPIGEON, and MAGPIE, all visited in singles, as did a GREENFINCH, where on earth have they all gone ?  A couple of BLACKBIRDS, and 3 COLLARED DOVES made up the species seen today, still no Starlings or House Sparrows though  :-(

Here's a few blog brighteners taken at the weekend  :-)
One of the pair of Kestrels that hunt around the Greenhouse Grounds/Tree Nursery


Anonymous said...

Getting fed up of saying "great shots!...no not really. Nice ones Warren.

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Dean,
not many left in the ''blog folder'' though !

ShySongbird said...

Hi Warren :-) Another lovely set of photos, I particularly like the first one of the Blackbird.

I still have a crowd of House Sparrows flying from 'their' part of the hedge to the feeders and back again each day, such a treat after not seeing any in the garden for a few years.

Warren Baker said...

Hello Songbird,
Whatever happened to the Sparrows here is happening to the Greenfinch's now (and its not the Sparrowhawks!)

Pete Woodruff said...

Love the Kestrel shot Warren, a beautiful little falcon.

Rohrerbot said...

That Blackbird is interesting. Love the ring around the eye. Great images as always:)

Gary Jones said...

Warren, thats a cracking shot of the Kestel

Adam said...

nice blackbird

Christian said...

Lovely atmospheric image of the Kestrel, Warren - beats a cropped close-up any day.