Thursday, November 27, 2008

woodland birds

the Crossbills were not playing ball today so I ended up taking some rather more common but no less colourful (excepting the Dunnock) woodland residents

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Long-eared in thorns

whenever I find a Long-eared roosting around here it is always in hawthorns and usually 90% covered in branches; I suppose this one was a little better in only being 40% covered but the light was problematic being from one side and there was no alternative view point

Redshank sundown

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Snow Buntings

a report of possible Snow Bunts on the local patch during the week set me off on a long hike searching the foreshore areas this morning; drawing a blank on the east side I ended up at Chowder Ness and immediately bumped into three birds, two males and a juv / female; they were later joined by another juv / female and all four spent the rest of the day feeding on the stony sea embankment taking grass and sea aster seeds; oblivious to people the main problem was finding them in the vestigial grass cover where they could disappear just by sitting still -- 

Snow Buntings 2

patch birds

tough birds

I spent about 5 hours with these birds today standing / huddling in the teeth of the freezing northerly gale and gained a real appreciation of just how tough these little birds are ---

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Steppe Grey 300mm

tried the shrike with the smaller lens today --

bizarre steppes

in line with recent events the shrike perched on my big lens while I was looking through the camera twice this afternoon but no-one had a wide angle lens on! --it is clearly enjoying the bounty of the food turned up in the ploughed stubble field  -- large earth worms are being stored in a larder maybe in preparation for the predicted snow -- in one shot it had clearly seen some threat in the sky but I could not find anything visible to the human eye

male Hen Harrier

4 Waxwings, a few Lap Bunts, a Snow Bunt and this male Hen Harrier flew past the shrike spot this afternoon

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Green-winged Teal

this drake Green-winged Teal appears to be a different bird to the one I saw on Saturday; there were two in the area so it could well be the second individual being much duller with a less pronounced white stripe than the other bird -- the orange tinged base to the inner greater covert bar is clear here as is the head pattern or lack of it

Tree Sparrows


Golden Plovers

numbers building quickly now on the upper Humber; 11000+ today

Monday, November 17, 2008

Rough-legged Buzzard

I caught up with the Rough-legged Buzzard on the Lincs Wolds yesterday; it was always distant hence the very small record image above (first and last images); the bird is certainly older than a juvenile ie it is either an adult or a 2cy bird; there appears to be some contrast in the secondaries but not a lot but the largish and fairly solid belly patch may also suggest that it is a 2cy bird rather than a full adult; the solid carpal patches, pale head and streaked upper breast, tail with one solid bar and a faint inner bar, fairly uniform underwing coverts all seem to point towards it being a female but in direct side by side comparison with a pair of Common Buzzards it did not seem all that big; maybe closer views and pictures may elucidate; also here a couple of adult / 2cy males from Finland / Norway