Thursday, September 29, 2011

Haddock, Chips and Mushy Peas

Another bright and breezy birding morning started with a quick look at Knott End where I killed the 20 minutes or so before Damien’s fish shop opened with a spot of birding. In the car park I took a few pictures of a Pied Wagtail with a gammy leg whilst the other 12 wagtails flew off towards the golf club before I could grill them; they also took 2 Grey Wagtails along with them. On the shore were 35 Goldfinch and as I walked up river alongside the golf course, several Chaffinch and at least two Siskin called from high overhead.

It was a very bright sky so I decided to save the my “vis migging” for the next ringing session on the moss on Saturday, with today’s sun demanding instead a bit of “no excuses” camera work.

Pied Wagtail

I detoured home then chucked the fish in the fridge before setting off for the Pilling tide again.

And this is going to sound like a re-run of yesterday’s birds at Pilling, but the Fluke Hall count was much the same: 450 Lapwing, 55 Redshank, 12 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 17 Linnet and 6 Goldfinch, but several Chaffinch in the wood today and a party of 10 Swallows heading east. A gang of 17 Magpies heading off from Ridge Farm was rather scary as well as unexpected, given that much of the land around Ridge Farm is well shot.

Lapwing

My count of birds from the sea wall was similar to Wednesday, so I’ll ditch the latest list of more wildfowl and wader counts, the exception being today’s count of approximately 1200 Lapwing. But I found time for the few pictures below, and less words means there’s more time to get stuck into that Haddock, chips and mushy peas.

Linnet

Wheatear

Little Egret

Wigeon

Pink-footed Goose

Redshank

Lapwing

Very tasty, I enjoyed that.

8 comments:

Christian said...

Cracking Redshank flight shot Phil. Also like the wheatear on the rock. Great.

Russell said...

Some nice ligthing in those superb flight shots and really love the glint in the wagtail's eye. Great facial expression.

Stu said...

I have a deep rooted hatred, even fear, of mushy peas.

grammie g said...

Hey Phil..those are some great shots you have here ....I really like the flight ones the Pink footed geese..and the Redshanks especially.
The Pied Wagtail is a cute little guy too!!
Sounds like you enjoyed you haddock feed !!
Have you had to mow the lawn lately ..I stillam mowing the golf course : }}
You missed my Turkey Vulture post, and now I have a new one.
I'm going to see my daughter ( the sheep farmer)in Northern Maine for the weekend so I won't be posting and you will have time to catch up ...hmmm then I will be behind !!

Have a great weekend
Grace

Chris said...

Except for the lapwing, I know now where are our birds ;-) Beautiful pictures Phil, and I love the flying lapwing!!!

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous photos, Phil.
Do you think Santa will give me a pied wagtail for Christmas?

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Fabulous images Phil and those Wigeons are sure beauties. Haddock and chips, yum...mushy peas, not so yum, unless they are in soup of course. Have a good one friend across the great pond~

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome photos! Wow! So many birds ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked with Camera Critters ^_^

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