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Monday, 17 October 2011

Redwings


Another dry morning, without the mist this time, and the light was like gold.





A circuit of just the north lake today.

Up by the pub, the Lesser Black-backed Gull was wandering around on the grass, and a few Starlings were gathering up on the sails of the windmill. Their numbers are certainly increasing now, as are the Coots. Quite a few Wigeon today, too.

A couple of Jays flew across the lake, up by the weir, and a couple of Magpies escorted a Sparrowhawk along his way.
Along the path, a pair of Swans seemed to be coaxing one of their cygnets towards the river. There were already 4 swimming around in there, and I wondered if these were the Swans that originally had 8 youngsters. They lost one quite early, and recently I've only noticed 6. Have they lost another?
The male Swan had a metal ring on his right leg, with a number; '8223' or 'B223'.
I'll see if I can find out any info on him.

As I got up to the footbridge, by the bandstand, a group of Long Tailed Tits flew into some berry laden bushes.




A few lovely moments watching this noisy little party; and something I've not seen before.........they were eating the berries.





According to my bird books, they eat insects. Maybe they don't read the books. 


Back at the car park, a few minutes watching the birds on the feeders, and then I saw some Redwings up in the bushes. Only managed a couple of shots for now, but this one's for Bob, because I know he likes them.



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Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
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)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
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)
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 Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Total species  34

16 comments:

  1. A nice 'golden' morning Keith.

    Beautiful images of the LTT's, I guess if you're hungry anything will do!...[;o)

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  2. Hi Keith...Oh my I literaly held my breathe over those adorable photo's of the Long Tailed Tit... (I just love that little bird!!)there are no words to discribe these photo's...what a wonderful opportunity that was...fanastic!!

    Lovely the gold effect of the morning!!

    Hugs Grace

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  3. Lovely photos, especially the Long-tailed Tits. Thanks for the Redwings, yes, I do love them.

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  4. Thanks Trevor. Yea, something I've never seen them do before. Quite a few different birds enjoying all the berries this morning.

    Thanks Grace. They are lovely little birds aren't they.

    Thanks Bob. Glad you enjoyed the Redwing.

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  5. That is unusual to see LTTs eating berries Keith.
    I haven't seen a Redwing or a Fieldfare yet this autumn.

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  6. Thanks Roy.
    I've only noticed the Redwings in the last couple of days. A few seem to have settled here now. The Fieldfares the last couple of days too, but they are on the move. Maybe yours will be with you soon.

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  7. Lovely captures Keith.. I get the LtT's on my garden fatballs but have never witnessed the fruit...building up for a harsh winter? nature knows a lot more than we do..

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  8. Thanks Andrew. Something I've never seen before. Hope you're wrong about the harsh winter. I think the wildlife could do with a break :-)

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  9. Thanks, I am totally relaxed and ready to begin my day.

    So cute the little berry eater, perhaps he just discovered how absolutely yummy berries are ;)

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  10. Gemel, thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. Hope your day is a good one.

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  11. I see FALL color has arrived in your area..gorgeous little LTT's in the berries!!

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  12. Thanks Sondra. Yea, some of the trees have had a golden colour for a while; the rest are gradually catching up lol

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  13. Insects don't stay still - berries do ;)

    Very brisk cold winds here today.

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  14. I guess they're opportunists like the rest of us John. :-)

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  16. Thank you FishHawk; very kind of you.

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