Semi precious Stonechat
I remember looking at them through the bins and thinking.
"That's strange, why have those Greenfinches got black caps and there's more yellow on the wing than there should be and the yellow on the wing is in the wrong place and it's sort of Y shaped and Ohhh they're Siskins" ("Doh!!)
I wish i had taken more than just the one photo and been a little more observant. I may well have got a shot of the Siskins. Unfortunately just some of the Green and Goldfinches made it to press.
Monday saw a large passage of hundreds and hundreds of House Martins, Swallows and Sand Martins moving south. The vast majority were House Martins. At times the sky was full of birds in every direction you looked. Around the screens swarms of the birds were busy hawking for insects over the water.
Just one of the many
Between the screens
Preparing to launch. Heraldic pose. (Cattle pens)
First screen pictures (Monday)...
Canada Conga. Follow the leader
Little Grebe from hide
A flock of Lapwing flew past the 2nd screen before landing in one of the fields adjacent to the path.
Migrant Hawkers still present in numbers as are Ruddy and Common Darters. Wasps are still chewing the screens. I am surprised there is any screen left. Sitting at the 1st screen, the sound of scraping jaws were coming from every direction.
Hot off the press. The Hornets are err still eating the sapling. Its amazing to see just how much damage they are doing to the tree. Take this one branch for example.
In just a few short days.
Tuesday 25th. Just started on new branch
Monday 1st October. Extensive damage to branch.
And here are the tools causing the damage
Bit early for Christmas decorations isn't it.
Other bird news..
Todays bird list.
Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Snipe, Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, Jay, Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Siskin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Stonechat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long tailed Tit, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Red legged Partridge, Pheasant, Black headed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull.