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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Battle at Caldecotte

A dull, foggy morning; so much different to yesterday.

Yesterday I had to go to work early, for meetings, and it was sunny. Today, work later, and the weather is crap. Oh well.

I stayed round the footbridge this morning, in the hope of seeing the Brambling, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Still not perfect, but the best shot I’ve managed so far.

Goldfinches, Chaffinch and the usual Crows too, and two pair of Mallards, disputing ownership of the car park and bridge. Plenty of chasing, and flying this morning, and I noticed one had a few battle scars on his chest.

Enjoy your day, whatever you are doing.

Full list of today’s sightings

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
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 Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
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)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  25


  1. Glad you got a nice photo of the Brambling Keith. I still have one visiting the garden but no decent photos.

    It has been dull and foggy here too this morning but seems to be brightening up a bit at last.

    The Mallard certainly did look battle scarred, at least you'll recognise him when you see him again.

    You seem to see Reed Buntings quite regularly, I don't see them as often here.

  2. Hi Keith.....I like hearing the birds singing so cheerfully.
    You managed to got a photo of the Brambling hope that makes it a good day for you!!

  3. GREAT that you got your brambling foto! I am constantly trying to get a shot of the Kestrel's that perch on the power lines, but they fly away as soon as you stop the car--they dont mind the cars that zoom by-
    Good to see your bridge buddies and Im sure its the silly season for the breeding birds--a lot of work and challenges to overcome!!

  4. Great video as always Keith.

    I'm sure it wont be to long now before you get that perfect Brambling shot. ;o)

  5. Thanks Jan. Once I got to work, it started to brighten up; typical lol
    There’s quite a few Reed Buntings around the footbridge, especially now I put the seed down.

    Thanks grammie. The pictures are getting better; still not perfect yet lol

    Thanks Sondra. I’m sure some birds deliberately tease us lol

    Cheers Trevor. I need some sun for a decent picture, but the forecast is dull all week so far.

  6. I miss these videos when I'm away from the internet. should be within range for a while so keep them coming.