Thursday, February 26, 2009


Just a shorty - birds noticed during my walks.
Blackbirds are very active (especially the males) and I wonder if the numbers are up prior to some emigration. A beautiful pair of Goldcrests along the spit; I stood next to them at arm's length as they checked the dead seed heads and curled up leaves. Robins all paired up suddenly; that's reduced the chasing! The Shovelers seemed paired off also; I noticed 4 pairs. I counted 6 Coots that had returned to find a nest site; 2 seemed to have formed a pair. Dunnocks are just about everywhere, especially bordering the paths/grass and the rougher vegetation alongside. 26 Goldfinches in the willows to the north of 'Fingers', all chattering away to each other, was a pleasing sight - and sound. The Lottis were busy on all three days at the peanuts, but I've not seen any with nest material yet (but it shouldn't be long). Another confiding species has been the Chaffinches suddenly; just a temporary phase, I suspect. I also had a flighty Fieldfare spring out of some bushes and a couple of Redwings pass over. And isn't it grand to hear the Chiffs once more!! Also, don't forget DK's female Stonechat!
PS. 101 Poch on 23rd; 2 GBBG on 27th; also pr Treecreeper nr.Sedgewick.
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