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

Thursday, 3 March 2011

A quick visit.

A very cold morning, and I have to be at work later for the start of the redundancy consultations; so the briefest of visits.

I just stayed round the footbridge area, and watched what arrived after leaving the food. A pair of Mallards soon came over, along with the Crows and Magpies. The bridge had a massive 15 Chaffinches, and amongst them; a Brambling.

 He's on the left

Not a good picture, but he insists on staying at the far end of the bridge, and he’s very wary. The Goldfinches are making short work of the nyger seed, and plenty of Greenfinches about too.

A difficult morning to concentrate properly, but the Brambling was a welcome and pleasing sight.

Full list of today’s sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  24


  1. Well done on catching the Brambling Keith. The Crow did look a bit uneasy about the Mallards, silly old thing :)

    Keep your chin up Keith, you have a lot of people who care about you and things WILL get better eventually!

  2. HI Keith..funny to see the Crow initiated by the Mallards lol.
    Nice that the Brambling was a delight to start a not so wonderful day!!
    Chin-up my friend...Hugs!!

  3. If you see Mallard ripping into each other I can understand the crow. I suspect that birds have different feather structure, I know they do. Some must have vulnerable bits of feather. It wants looking into.
    PS thanks for the Brambling and Chaffinch...makes me look less of a Muppet. not a lot less but every little helps.

  4. Another Brambling Keith, that was a good find.

  5. Apologies for late replies; been a bit busy with meetings. Did manage a visit this morning though.

    Jan, thank you for your comments. It was great to see the Brambling again.

    Thanks grammie. Yea, the birds certainly help take my mind off things at the moment.

    Thanks Adrian. It was strange to see the Crow so wary of the Mallards, but they do give a nasty peck those Mallards; and they hang on too. Must be painful.

    Thanks Roy. It brightened a gloomy day :)