Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Lengthy spells of sunshine were had this morning, but a cold NE breeze blew, making it feel chilly, especially later as the cloud increased.

The sun just creeping above the cloud bank a little after sunrise.

There was not quite so much bird activity as yesterday morning, a SPARROWHAWK flew from the Greenhouse Grounds as I arrived, but there were still a few SISKIN and GOLDFINCHES in the Alders there, plus a CHIFFCHAFF called from nearby, the female KESTREL meanwhile, sat up in its nest box which is on the roof of the boiler building.

A circuit of Migrant Alley was only notable for flyovers today, which included a YELLOWHAMMER, a few SKYLARKS, LESSER REDPOLLS, MEADOW PIPITS and SISKINS, plus a GREY WAGTAIL that headed for the Greenhouse Grounds and a GREY HERON flying SE. The hundreds of GREYLAG and CANADA GEESE in their huge skeins flew across again, so my thought that they may be moving on was proved wrong  :-)

Walking across the Ashes Lane Fields a pair of REDWING flew from cover, then entering the Wet Woods a party of half a dozen or so LONG TAILED TITS were seen, with them were at least 3 GOLDCREST and 2 TREECREEPERS, along with a few BLUE and GREAT TITS.

The lakes were a big disappointment today, just a sickly looking Canada Goose, and 2 MOORHENS were seen, but to be honest it's always a bonus to see anything much more on them :-) A COAL TIT called from the adjacent Scrubby Woods, but it was genarally quite there today. On the walk back through the Small Holding area, a LITTLE OWL called and a BUZZARD flew over, heading for the Wet Woods.

Little chance of any photo's during my walk, but I got a few images from my garden feeders before the sun disappeared  ;-)


Another Greenfinch





Pete Woodruff said...

What a coincidence Warren, excellent pics of the Greenfinch when we had two this very morning as something of a rarity in our garden, and a bit of a scarcity anywhere else for that matter.

Marc Heath said...

The Goldfinch wins for me. Brilliantly executed and with a nice pose as well as a nice background.

Warren Baker said...

They are holding their own here this year, nowhere near the numbers I used to get though :-)

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Marc,
Just need a Brambling in the same light and pose now :-) LoL

Lancs and Lakes Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Bramblings arriving at Spurn today Warren, should be with you in a day or so

Warren Baker said...

They would be the first here since 2013 :-)