Tuesday, 20 October 2015

There some good sunny spells this morning and with little wind it felt very pleasant out.

There were fewer birds about this morning, but still enough to keep me enthused :-)  The SISKINS, GOLDFINCHES and REDPOLLS at the Greenhouse Grounds were still in the Alder Trees there and as yesterday they were regularly spooked by the female KESTREL. I checked the dozen or so BLACKBIRDS for the white chest band, but none had one !  A BUZZARD flew low over and went into the Greenhouse Copse, plus SKYLARK, FIELDFARE and REDWING flew over in small numbers, I also noted the first WOODPIGEONS on the move, with four flocks of 30 + birds moving south.

Female Siskin at the Greenhouse Grounds 

This ROBIN was also in the Greenhouse Grounds, really giving some serious song !

As I crossed the Ashes Lane Fields, on my way to the lakes, I flushed up two SNIPE from the pasture, they flew fast and high over the Wet Woods, calling all the while until they were out of sight, a nice bird for my patch. There were also at least 8 MEADOW PIPITS on the pasture too.

The lakes held no surprises today, just the lone CANADA GOOSE, plus the few MALLARDS and MOORHENS, the adjacent Scrubby Woods was quieter than of late, just a few GOLDCRESTS,  BULLFINCH, COAL TIT, NUTHATCH and two GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS were of note there today.

I spent some time sky watching, later in the visit, but nothing new for the October list was found, just the regulars of GREYLAG GOOSE, HERRING GULL, BLACK HEADED GULL, a couple of MISTLETHRUSH, a single FIELDFARE, a GREY WAGTAIL and a few more Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and Meadow Pipits.

This afternoon the sun was out, giving some nice Autumnal light, so I set too trying to get some images of the garden birds at my feeders, to fill the Blog Folder, I did get a few tits and Finch images, plus it was good to see a pair of Lesser Redpoll drop in, but the bloody SPARROWHAWK made things difficult...............again!

''Bloody Sprawk''

Just look at the intent in those eyes!  LoL


Derek Faulkner said...

Nice photos of your favourite raptor Warren and a nice one of my favourite bird as well, the Siskin. What a beautiful day.

Marc Heath said...

Lovely photos of the Sparrowhawk. The feather detail on the back is beautiful.

Warren Baker said...

Marc, Derek,
I might as well take advantage of it whilst it's here ! LoL