Monday, 13 February 2012
A much awaited REDWING joins the show!
Local patch: another "thrush day" spent in the patch. Plenty of Fieldfares still around, but perhaps in smaller numbers than yesterday. Several birds flew over my house as well as the garden, but they all seemed to prefer the area at the edge of the woodland. And right there, on the highest treetops this afternoon I had a lovely surprise: a REDWING flew in with a couple of Fieldfares. Showed well (perched) for some seconds and then dropped down in a garden. A brief but intense encounter and a very welcome sight that rose the local patch bird list total to 146 species!
This morning I also had a close encounter with a male Cirl Bunting in full glorious sunshine light. Later a Cirl delivered its song several times (it's spring already!). Other interesting birds around included: 2 Firecrests (together on a bush) 1 Dunnock, 1 female Blackcap, 2 Greenfinches, 2 Hawfinches (flying above the woodland). Several Blackbirds were still around too - feasting on the ivy berries.
The sea was completely flat today (the wind decreased last night) and allowed a good view. A compact flock of 15 Great Crested Grebes was about, followed by a Black-throated Diver.
Redwing pic taken few years ago in Slovenia