Monday, 18 September 2017

A wonder round Thacka, Penrith, Cumbria.

 A good portion of the Thacka area is bordered to the East by the main London to Glasgow railway and to the West by the ever noisy M6 motorway. This group of stunted trees stands about 30 feet from the railway track. And some are Elderberry, which at the moment are laden with fruit and attracting quite a variety of birds. The two just visible above are Gold Finches.

A slightly closer view of one of the Goldfinches
A Green finch.
Also flitting about but not behaving for the camera was House Sparrows, Reed Bunting, and Blue and Great Tits. Which considering its close proximity to the railway is quite amazing.

At first this bird was silhouetted by the sun and for a short moment I thought it was a woodpecker, but-------

It turned out to be a juvenile Starling.
Morning dear just llllllooooovvvve the earrings

And there is always a few Corvids to be found in the grazing fields.


  1. Hello, I have always loved your Goldfinches. The cow wearing the earrings is cute. Great series of photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your day!

  2. No tree wants to be insulted

    'stunted', really? How mean *wink*

  3. Wow Gordon, what a catch to capture the juvenile Starling. And I loooove the earings too. Great post. Greetings Jo

  4. The juvenile starling is a beauty! Great captures of birds and cows - their earrings are sooooo in right now!

  5. I do like those ear rings - but they would not suit me!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  6. What a fantastic photos, cheers Gordon.

  7. Beautoful pictures! Have a happy weekend. Best regards.

  8. It always amazes me the way some birds adapt to modern times -- the noise and confusion of modern life. It helps to have those bushes that are still bearing fruit in spite of the freeway etc....

  9. Hi Gordon,
    you say goldfinch but are not there any putters or thistles? Given the yellow stripe in their springs, it's putters / thistles. The greenling is really very beautiful and you can also photograph spreewalls.
    The earrings of the cow are beautifully imaged.

    Many greetings, Helma


A big thank you to everyone for looking in and leaving their comments, much appreciated, Gordon.