Thursday, March 15, 2012

Crests And A Chiff

I saved my walk until pm today, not that it made the weather any better as here in the bleak North West as we enjoyed our fifth day of 100% cloud cover. The usual Lane Ends to Pilling Water trek came up with 20+ Meadow Pipits, 3 Little Egret, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Kestrel and 2 Jays. The inevitable green duo Green Sandpiper and Greenshank graced the wildfowler’s pools with a couple of Teal still hanging on in there.

Fluke Hall was a little more rewarding than of late with a gang of 8 Goldcrest moving through the trees and a single Chiffchaff giving snatches of song. When I got home and looked on the Internet there seems to have been a mass fall of Goldcrests in the Fylde and elsewhere this morning, with possibly hundreds if not thousands of birds arriving from somewhere.

Goldcrest

Chiffchaff

I checked the sea wall at all the likely spots but still no sign of Wheatears. More grounded Meadow Pipits at Ridge Farm, circa 18 birds mixing it in the wet field with approximately 25 Linnets and the now resident 4 Reed Buntings.

Reed Bunting

9 comments:

joo said...

Goldcrest is my favourite! Lovely post:)

Rohrerbot said...

Nice shot of the Reed Bunting!

kirstallcreatures said...

Yes, lovely Reed Bunting

Russell said...

Three great photos. The Goldcrest is a real cutie but the Reed Bunting shot is fantastic. Actually all three are great!

Christian said...

I know! Five straight flippin days of cloud! We're due a day or two. looking out the window today, we might just get a nice one! Had a Goldy in the garden the other day, like you say, they seem to be everywhere.

eileeninmd said...

I hope you have some clear skies soon. I love all of your cute birds, but the Goldcrest is beautiful. Happy Birding!

Peter Fearon said...

Moxey managed 5 Goldcrest at Ince Blundell yesterday - I'm hoping the weather will stay clear enough to tap into a few more migrants this weekend!

Eyes to the pliers!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Guess you are certainly right about taking a walk out in the morning, or the afternoon on overcast, cloudy, gray days, just seems all blah, and yet...we are alive;) The Reed Bunting, a lovely bird, and as I like to say, just about any bird with bunting behind it is going to be special to me...wonder why that is? Happy Friday Phil~

Seasons said...

Phil, these are beautiful pictures. I like to see birds fluffed up as the Reed Bunting is. They look so relaxed.

Congratulations - you have visibly scored 300 + many other invisible admirers (I am quite sure). Days of better weather should come! Thanks for sharing.

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