Sunday, February 17, 2013

Lighting Never Strikes Twice

After Friday's success with catching Bramblings and Chaffinches there wasn’t much chance a return visit on Saturday would yield a similar result even allowing for the eternal optimism of a birder. 

Finches can be highly mobile in their choice of feeding locations, usually having a choice of known feeding spots to select from or joining up with other individuals to find new ones. So it turned out with just 6 birds caught, although there was yet another male Brambling in the meagre catch of 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Goldfinch and 1 Chaffinch, plus the aforesaid Fringilla montifringilla. 

The Brambling was the only one I saw or heard all morning, with even Chaffinches thin on the ground during the morning with less than 20 seen. Lots of Chaffinches are now in full song with territories forming as the winter flocks thin out and many individuals begin the journey north. It has however been a fascinating spell here since the beginning of November whereby I have caught 23 Bramblings and 65 Chaffinches. How indicative that is of the true composition of the wintering finch flocks about here is hard to say when the ground-hugging and flighty birds prove so difficult to observe in the large stubble fields they favour. 




More than 20 Reed Buntings continue to use the woodland/stubble field margins with 3 second calendar years finding the net on this occasion. 

Reed Bunting

The birding was very quiet with little on the move except for a couple of post-dawn Siskins seemingly headed south but possibly just exiting a roost. Birds of prey were the usual 3 or 4 pairs of Buzzard, a pair of Kestrel, two pairs of Little Owl, and a lone-hunting but probably resident Sparrowhawk. 

Otherwise - 40 Fieldfare mixed in with feeding Starlings, 3 Redwings at dawn, 40+ Corn Buntings in a nearby stubble, 200 Lapwing overflying from Pilling Moss, and 3 singing Skylark. 


Please stay tuned to Another Bird Blog for more news and views of birds soon. This week I am linking to Anni who would rather be birding and Stewart's gallery.


eileeninmd said...

Phil, amazing closeups of all the birds. I do love your Goldfinches, so different than the ones here. Happy Birding and have a great week ahead!

HansHB said...

Great photos, so many things to see in your post!
Well done!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You always have the best bird shots. The colors on that goldfinch are so striking!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Happy Monday and happy week Phil! You share such interesting information with your beautiful images, and it is very much appreciated.
That Lapwing in flight...oh my, that is absolutely stunning!

Wally Jones said...

Better a slow day birding than having to go shopping or to work all day!

Great quality photos, as expected!

From your report, you saw a lot of birds, just low numbers in the net.


Andrea said...

I think this may be my first visit to your blog ... I am so impressed with the quality of your photographs and the depth of your knowledge. I will surely be back, often!

Andrea @ From The Sol

TexWisGirl said...

every one of them so beautiful. i like the more subtle bunting as much as the brighter goldfinch.

Karen said...

Terrific shots, that goldfinch is beautiful!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your" goldfinch always makes me so envious. I like ours too, but that stripe of red that yours is so amazing. All lovely birds...

EG CameraGirl said...

All beautiful birds!

mick said...

I admire your persistence even when the birds are slow to come in. Great photos as always!

Gary said...

Another great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Dianne said...

The little Brambling has such pretty colourings ... It would be wonderful to see one close enough to capture.

"Adelaide and Beyond"

Stewart M said...

I'd love to see a Brambling in the hand - I always thought they were a a cracking bird.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Anni said...

Marvelous, as always. I enjoy your commentary, and your photos. That lapwing in flight is magnificent.

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