Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Fieldfare bonanza

The sun was struggling to get out this morning.
A sunny day had been forecast for today, so I made the effort and got up a bit earlier. There had been another keen frost and all the rooftops and cars were white. I took the Westies out for the morning walk after I had breakfasted, then I went out again with the camera to see if there was anything about the Thacka area.
    I went onto the reserve taking the path by the big Hawthorn hedge, there was quite a number of Chaffinch but no sign of any Brambling with them. Next I wondered along the railway path and had a look at Roy's feeders which were attracting the usual flock of mixed tits.

As I turned back to make my way onto the top track the sun was still struggling to break through.

Looking South from the railway track

And a little later from the top track, Frosties for the sheep this morning ?
One or two Blackbirds flitted along the track in front of me, very nervous so probably winter visitors, as the local birds are usually quite tame.
                Then in the field near the flash quite a large flock of Fieldfare, though they were constantly on the move.

One of many Fieldfares .

There was also a few Redwings mixed in with them, with Lapwings and Starlings further away.

Considering how hard the ground was they were still managing to pull up worms.





The main pond on the reserve had a mixed flock of Common and Black-headed Gulls.

Common Gull, they all looked a bit miserable with the ice.

And a Black-headed Gull almost in full summer plumage, its timing is a bit out.
Thanks for looking in .

2 comments:

  1. Great shots, Gordon. The gulls look like their frozen in time and place :)

    Thanks for following my blog.
    Have a happy day.

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  2. Thank you also Pam, Yes the country is going through a very cold spell at the moment, and as always the wildlife suffers too. It would be nice to hace some Florida temps. for a while.
    Take care and all the very best Gordon.

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