Saturday, December 15, 2012

And There’s More…

Bramblings that is, but only two new ones today. After the wind suddenly dropped at lunchtime I went to Out Rawcliffe where I checked and topped up the feeders, chucked more mixed seed on the ground and put up a couple of nets. 

At the moment the short days mean that with a midday start and birds heading off to roost soon after 3pm it leaves just a couple of hours catching time. Birds caught 1230-1430, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Robin, 1 Great Tit. 

Although it’s just a small sample of 11 birds, 8 of this week’s Bramblings have been first year males, the remainder three females. 


Brambling - first calendar year male

One of the male Chaffinches was especially “adult” with very squared off and dark tail feathers. 


Chaffinch - adult male

The Reed Bunting was a tiny first year female, wing length 73mm only. 

Reed Bunting

Other birds seen, in no particular order: 4000+ Woodpigeon, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 8 Skylark, 30+ Goldfinch, 10+ Reed Bunting, 4 Brambling, 1 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 18 Chaffinch. 



Tonight there’s babysitting, hence the rushed post. Never fear, Another Bird Blog will be up with the lark tomorrow looking for more birds to report. Stay tuned. 

This post is linking to Anni's I'd Rather Be Birding blog


eileeninmd said...

Hi Phil, I do love your Brambling! And the Jay is pretty too. Great captures! Have a great weekend and fun babysitting!


Okay...tell me, what kind of Jay is this? I've not seen one like ever before.

Thanks for linking up

Hootin' Anni AND I'd Rather B Birdin

Wally Jones said...

Nice report and wonderful detailed images of the feather patterns!

Modesto Viegas said...

Great post!!!

Russell Jenkins said...

Lovely Chat-finch portrait and would love to see a jay. Looks so handsome. Raining for the weekend here and would be happy with a couple of hours birding.

Arija said...

Love all those little bird and the pink Jay is definitely a first for me.

Larry said...

Great post Phil! I love those close-up shots of the bird in hand, being able to see the detail in the flight feathers and tail is really cool. The European Jay and especially the Kestrel in your header are superb!

Choy Wai Mun said...

Great shot of the Jay, Phil.

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