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Friday, 4 February 2011

Windy Friday

Not a very nice morning; dull, occasional light rain and very windy.

As fast as I put seed on the bridge, the wind blew it away, so I just spent a couple of hours at the two bridges this morning, but still managed to see a few birds. The highlight was undoubtedly the flock of Siskin that came down into the nearby bushes.

The Blackbirds were the usual ‘early birds’ at the footbridge, and the Crows, along with a few Magpies. Plenty of Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Reed Buntings around the bridge, and under the road bridge, I was accosted by the usual Mallards; and a few Black-headed Gulls.

Maybe better weather tomorrow.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  23


  1. It is a touch breezy this morning........driving rain and wagons falling over. Amazes me birds can fly in it. Crows and Rooks seem to love a gale.

  2. Hi Keith, the weather is the same here. Although the temperature isn't too bad, the wind is vicious! The Siskins were a nice reward for your effort on a miserable morning.

    I have just been catching up with (and enjoying) your last two videos and it was nice to see the grebes thinking about a weed dance, at least they must sense Spring is not too far away. Good to see the Waxwings too, I think I am destined to only see them on blogs! Have a good weekend :)

  3. HI Keith..Hard to see the Siskin,but for sure no doubt they are there what with all that cheerful,happy singing!!
    I believe you have created a group of spoiled Mallards there !!
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Its blowing hard up here in Cheshire as well Keith. My commute to work (Manchester about 25 miles from home) starts in the dark and still ends in the no chance to add new content during the week. Forecast not good for this weekend either.

  5. Maybe it will be a clear day for you tomorrow-
    Who is going without a biscuit? Lol they are very well fed for sure!

  6. I think you have it quite bad up there Adrian; take care mate.

    Thank you Jan. The Siskins were a nice surprise this morning. I hope you get to see some Waxwings soon, such beautiful birds.

    Thanks grammie. Those Mallards are comical to watch, as they come running over, quacking away. They really brighten a day.

    Andrew, it's not good is it. I'll be glad when summer comes.

    Dixxe, these birds must be the best fed round here lol

  7. The poor little birds, it is windy everywhere.

  8. They have a tough time in bad weather don't they Bob. I'm off to feed them again soon.

  9. Its still blowing a gale here Keith.