Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday's Birds

Sunday morning began with an early drive to the edge of The Forest of Bowland at Oakenclough where the ringing site is topped up with bird food twice a week, even when the weather prevents any ringing there. In addition to enabling a study of birds on site the supplementary feeding station adds to natural foods available to birds in the leaner winter months. Studies have shown that giving wild birds’ additional food on a regular basis can assist their survival and enhance breeding success in the following spring. 

All seemed quiet around the feeding spot with no sign of the 40+ Goldfinch from earlier in the week and just two or three hanging about near the Nyger seeds. Goldfinch flocks are highly mobile so I hope the birds weren't too far away, especially as it was last November and into December which produced very good catches of the species.

With the preponderance of conifer trees here Coal Tits are ever present as their small bills allow them direct access to the tiny holes of the Nyger feeders. Meanwhile the Great Tit, Blue Tits and Chaffinches stay around so as to take food from the ground. We avoid the use of peanuts or mixed seed feeders and instead use Nyger feeders and ground feeding as a means of targeting the several species of finches which occur in this area. 

Coal Tit

Great Tit

Additional birds seen this morning included 8 Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Raven and 2 Pied Wagtail. 

Meanwhile there was notification of the recovery of a Lesser Redpoll ringed here on 19th October 2015. A first year male ring number Z652570 was recaptured by other ringers some 16 days later on 4th November 2015 at Woolston Eyes, Warrington, a distance of 61kms from Oakenclough. While the distance involved isn’t tremendous the recovery does once again demonstrate the southerly autumn dispersal of this species, and because the bird is still in circulation it could provide more life history information at a later date. It is probably in France or Belgium right now until the early spring when Lesser Redpolls begin their return migration. 

Lesser Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll - Oakenclough to Woolston Eyes 

From the A6 at Garstang I took a leisurely drive home via the mosslands of Rawcliffe, Pilling and Stalmine where I counted at least 11 Buzzards spiralling over the fields, with at one point six quite close together in a single kettle of air. I suspect that this morning was one of the few in the last four weeks where the sky was both clear and calm enough for Buzzards to soar. 


The fields alongside Lancaster Road are well flooded and it was on just a couple of fields here that I counted 1500+ Lapwing, 30 Golden Plover, 260 Black-headed Gull, 45 Common Gull, 40 Curlew and 6 Skylark. 

Nearer to Stalmine was a roadside Kestrel as well as a feeding party of half-a-dozen Redwings and 50+ Fieldfares. The autumn berries are disappearing quickly leaving the Fieldfares to live up to their name and search for animal food in the soft ground rather than concentrate on a dwindling supply of berries in the hedgerows. 




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Linda said...

Phil, what a joy for me to see all these lovely birds! Thank you so much for sharing.

Vandana Sharma said...

Beautiful surroundings and may these keep flying without any disturbances.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

All great bird shots. I have not seen Redwing or Fieldfare as yet butgoing to the I.O.W. tomorrow for a wek so might see some there although i will not havve much time for birding unfotunattely.

Stewart M said...

Nice set of birds - I used to band around some feeding stations in a country park in Gateshead. Many of same species - although not buzzard!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: my slowness to comment and visit has been caused by a trip to an island in the Pacific!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Phil, great variety and beautiful photos. The Redpoll is one of my favorites. Have a happy week ahead!

Fun60 said...

What a tremendous view of the buzzard

David M. Gascoigne, said...

If you are back out and about already then the special medicine for your tumble is obviously doing the trick - just as long as you don't dose yourself before setting off to check the nets.

Stuart Price said...

I couldn't imagine anyone migrating to Warrington voluntarily...............

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Both the tits are as sweet as can be and I love that portrait of the quizzical looking redpoll. He wonders what you are doing! Lots of birds as always I am in awe ... Also of the lovely flight shots!

mick said...

Great photos of all the birds. The Coal Tim and the Great Tit are especially beautiful. Very interesting to hear about the extra feeding you do for the birds. In this climate it is not necessary although some put feed out to encourage birds to come close around their home.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - thanks for the comment. I have not heard much of the Ruff of late - so I assume it has either gone or moulted! Either way I think I have missed out - although 10 days on Lord Howe Island is a decent trade off!


Jas @ All that's Jas said...

Beautiful images and gorgeous birds!

sunshine said...

Wonderful birds and a great area.

Silver Parrot said...

Lovely birds and photos as always! Thanks for sharing!

Mike said...

Great post. That was fun to read. Great photos, too. I love the little Chickadees/Tits. They are always great to watch around the feeders. Difficult to photograph at times, though, since they never sit still. Well done!

Liz said...

What a lovely series of birds, from the small Tits to the birds of prey. Great shots!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I love that pic of the kestrel twisting his head to keep an eye on you.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Love the expression on the Fieldfare in the field. The Buzzard and Kestrel are gorgeous and the songbirds all perfectly delightful.
It was such a busy week with our Ashleigh and her husby home, marketing, cooking and decorating, along with cleaning up outside and inside. I was lucky to post a few things on Facebook to keep family that lives in other states tuned in to our goings on.
I am trying to double and triple up on my catching up today. Have a great weekend Phil~

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