Tag Archives: British birds

#30DaysWild – Day 5 – A new visitor to my bird feeders!

I have 3 window bird feeders, set up on 2 different windows, both places where I can sit and watch the birds. I have a few regular visitors: a pair of blackbirds, a pair of chaffinches, a robin, a few sparrows, at least 2 pairs of goldfinches and one very feisty blue tit!

Today I had a special treat, a fledgling joined the adult goldfinches. A new visitor to my windows! I am delighted!

The goldfinch adults landed on one of the bird feeders and fledgling tried to join them. The adults clearly wanted it all to themselves and were very vocal about it. The pretty juvenile hoovered for a moment, confused and then noticed the other bird feeders. So while the adult pair shared a perch, the young goldfinch got an entire tray of sunflower hearts all to its self!

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My photograph of the month for January

In early January I got to photograph this pretty little Dunnock, foraging in and out of the golden sunlight under a Yew tree.

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My photograph of the month for October

This month I had the chance to really put my new camera’s zoom capabilities to the test, I photographed the peregrines perched on Leicester Cathedral. Taking both my camera and tripod out to the city, with the aim to capture a view of this impressive example of urban wildlife. I took plenty of photos, playing with the camera position as much as the zoom.

I was really rather pleased with the results!

The elegant statuesque creature, perched atop a Cross that adorned the cathedral spire. Feathers catching the wind as sharp eyes gazed across the landscape. An occasional glance down in my direction with a perching look!

Even at rest, this fierce bird-of-prey means business!

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#30DaysWild – Day 26 – Watching the Worcester Peregrines

Whenever I take a trip back to Worcester, I always try to find time to visit the Cathedral and St. Andrews Spire. I’m not always lucky, but in the past I have had many wonderful views of the peregrines that have made these buildings their home.

I have seen many different birds in many different locations, but nothing quite matches a sight of a Peregrine for me and I am always as excited with a spot as I was the first time I saw one. Such incredible animals.

Today was no exception, when I arrived at the Cathedral I spotted an adult on the tower. It was clearly preening time as I watched it have a good skritch!

I walked around to the other side of the tower, but I couldn’t see another bird. I turned to walk to St. Andrew’s Spire when the piercing call of a Peregrine filled the air. I whipped around to see the willowy flight of the powerful predator disappear behind nearby buildings. The bird was still calling so I remained, and the Peregrine returned, alighting upon the top of the tower before swooping down out of sight again. It might have been brief, but it was long enough for me to see it was a youngster.

I began the short walk to the spire, and as soon as the tower came into view I could see another Peregrine. I had no doubt it was an adult. Sure enough, when I reached the spire I could see I was right in my assertion. I was also able to see that there was a chick on the lower castellations. The closer I got, the clearer I could see both birds. I stayed for quite a while watching, photographing and admiring these impressive birds-of-prey. It was time very well spent!

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#30DaysWild – Day 25 – Herons and Hares

Driving along a single track country lane that clearly had seen very little or no traffic, I saw a sight that lead me to ask the driver to stop. It was a field full of Herons! 5 of them, stood right in the middle, it looked to be 2 parents and 3 young. There were 3 Hares just a few meters away from the towering birds!

As I lifted my camera, the Heron family took flight. They gracefully flew over the hedgerow and into the next field, still a great view even if the birds were another 100 yards away from me.

My photos aren’t great, but they are still a record of a spectacular sight!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 21 – Spotted my first flycatcher!

Today I saw my first flycatcher! I knew it the moment I saw it! What agile and pretty little thing! I am over the moon!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 15 – Watching the birds visit the bird feeder

Over the past few weeks I have had to refilled my new bird feeder a couple of times. I have also managed to catch glimpses of hungry visitors snatching a quick seed or two. So today I thought I would spend a little time with a cuppa and my camera, watching to see who would visit my bird feeder.

On the bird feeder I saw Blue Tits, Robins and Chaffinches. But, I also saw in the hedgerow opposite Coal tits, Goldfinches, Blackbirds, Collared Doves and a Squirrel!

After today, I think I’ll be relaxing by my window more often!

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#30DaysWild – Day 2 – Birds

Today, for me, was all about birds and their song! I spent most of my day out in a nature reserve watching and listening to birds. My kind of heaven!

I caught a couple of seconds of video of a chiffchaff and a sedge warbler singing their hearts out, and an indecisive willow warbler who kept switching between preening and singing!

 

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My photograph of the month for January

My first photograph of the month for 2019 is of this lovely House Sparrow.

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#30DaysWild – Day 7 – Mesmerised by a Sedge Warbler!

First thing this morning, I took a nice stroll into a lovely little nature reserve near where I live. As it was a cool morning so there wasn’t much insect life out and about, but the birds were very lively and full of song!

I stood and watched this lovely Sedge Warbler singing it’s heart out for quite some time. Not only was it mesmerising but it was the best part of my day!

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