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Thursday, 21 October 2010

A Fieldfare day

A very sunny morning, but very cold. And a frost that was thick enough to be scraped off the car.

The birds more than made up for it though. Literally hundreds of Fieldfare flying overhead, going east to west.

If you see a bullet shape like this going over, chances are it’s a Fieldfare. A few stopped off briefly in the treetops,

but most carried on. Amazing to watch.
And the few Redwing at the car park now number about a dozen.

Beast I could manage at the moment Bob; but I’ll keep trying for a decent one.

Quite a few still flying overhead, and plenty of Wood Pigeon too. A couple of Jays, and two Sparrowhawks sparring in mid air………….an exciting morning.

On the water, the Little Greebes, Red Crested Pochard, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler; they were all in attendance.

I’m really going to miss my walks round here when I have to go back to work.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  39


  1. Blogging is work.........Rewarding, hard and unpaid work but work it is when done to your high standard.

  2. Hi Keith...What a great shot of the Fieldfare; you must have been some excited!! : }
    Enjoy these walks as long as you can..I know how hard it will be for you to return to work!!
    Oh and the rose hip in the last picture helps pick up the color of the Redwing!!
    Warm Hugs for those cool mornings!!

  3. Thank you Adrian, very kind of you to say that.

    Grammie, thank you. Given the choice of working in a warm warehouse, or walking through the frosty grass with a cold nose; I'd rather keep crunching through the grass lol

  4. Work, ough! But most of us have to do it. I used to work at a zoo but now I work in a Jail. Getting out is all that keeps me sane sometimes (at least in my mind, don't ask my wife about that). There are still early mornings, evenings and weekends!!! Ya hoo.

  5. Love the header Keith, the fleetwood birder says the same about an invasion of fieldfare. About the W word all I can say is..... HI HO ;-). Hope you sacked the nights though

  6. Thanks Dale. Yea, I think I'd go crazy if I couldn't get out. lol

  7. It seems there are loads of Fieldfare and Redwing flying in at the moment Debbie. I've certainly seen lots today.
    Unfortunately it will be back to shifts when I do return :(
    Glad you like the header.