Thursday, 19 March 2015

Waiting for Wheatears


An early start looking for Wheatears proved fruitless. However the cold night left some interesting ice forms on the plants.



Then a walk to the feeding station proved to be a good decision. Watching the comings and goings until all the birds left ... Sparrowhawk perhaps? However this turned my attention to the reeds in front and immediately three long-tailed birds dived for cover. On scanning the reds I found them moving upwards before all three perched in view!

Classic Moment.


I know the photo is rubbish, but it is mainly for those that didn't believe my sighting last week! The exciting extra detail is that the one on the left is a female.


Little Grebe


This Lesser Redpoll and its mate visited the feeders. All winter the Redpoll flock have avoided the feeders, favouring the wild seeds instead, so it was nice to get a close-up of this fine male.




An excursion across Stobswood and Hares, Kestrels, Buzzards, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were everywhere.


These well marked Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Hauxley amongst a rather cosmopolitan mixture including 2 Bar-headed Geese.


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