Friday, October 16, 2020

That Friday Feeling

After Thursday morning’s monster movement of thrushes Another Bird Blog, I wondered if Friday might see similar, even though experience says that rarely does lightning strike twice. 

I arranged to meet Andy at Oakenclough at 0630 where the plantation swayed ominously in the easterly breeze, fiercer than the predicted 5 mph and closer to 10-12 mph. At the coast 30 minutes just earlier I’d left home to motionless trees.  Normally the other way around - breezier at coastal locations than inland sites. 

Very soon when nothing much happened we realised that this would be a quieter morning of both ringing and visible migration. Thrushes came in dribs and drabs rather than flurries of wings and the overhead calls of hundreds of Redwings and Fieldfares. This morning the thrushes arrived from West and North West, sometimes obviously so against a distant backdrop of Lancaster City and Morecambe Bay. 

In all we counted approximately 300 thrushes, split 50/50 Redwing and Fieldfare. Our catch was just 21 birds – 11 Redwing, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Chaffinch and 1 Great Tit. 

The Redwings were caught soon after dawn with the rest of the meagre catch coming soon after when other species seen was limited to 15-20 Chaffinches in ones and twos arriving from the North West.  We asked the question. "Where are the Lesser Redpolls and the Siskins this autumn?" Both species appear to be in remarkably short supply.



At 0940 and when the thrushes dried up completely we called it a day - an uncharacteristic and early finish. 

On the way home and via Lancaster Road were 240 Lapwings on a still flooded field, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and several hundred Pink-footed Geese. 


The geese have so far this autumn found a couple of new places to hide away out of sight, seemingly in fields that are not open to shooters - for now. The shooters of course will track the geese down and persuade the farmers to allow shooting access, often with the promise of a fat goose at the gate but destined for the Christmas table. 

Pink-footed Goose


Mike Attwood said...

Send the geese down here shooting is something I havn't come across in years. Mike.

Angie said...

Phil - to answer your question on my blog, it was a long-billed dowitcher!

Jo said...

Hi Phil, I've been away from visiting a while. I love your header of the Black-winged Stilt. I feel saddened that the geese know the time of the year that they may end up as dinner. Jo

Stevenson Q said...

Brother Phil! I really love that color details of the Goldfinch! That orange speck on the face is just striking!

NCSue said...

I don't mean to sound stupid, but is that goose climbing the fence or has it been shot and hung there before preparing it for the table? It seems an odd place for a goose.
Thanks for sharing at You've certainly intrigued me!

Fun60 said...

Not such a good day for you. Love the photo of the goldfinch.

judee said...

I never tire of seeing lovely photos are birds! You have some great shots, thanks.

Veronica Lee said...

Once again, I stare in awe at incredible bird photos I've never seen before!

Keep them coming, Phil!

Traveler In Me said...

That's some day ..... fantastic birds and photos Phil.

Just out of curiosity, how does one manage to get the birds in the wild in one's hand?

Isn't hunting prohibited?

Phil Slade said...

"Traveler in Me". Please read ----,bird%20and%20its%20life%20history.

Lowcarb team member said...

The colour/markings of the Goldfinch is wonderful.

All the best Jan

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