Friday, 18 January 2013

Thrushes, finches and buntings

Local patch: I've been still confined to the local area in the past few days, which actually provided some good stuff. On Wednesday 5 REDWINGS flew over the garden in the morning, along with a Mistle Thrush. The sea finally held 1 Black-necked Grebe and a few Great Crested Grebes and surprisingly also a Sandwich Tern.
Today the garden activity was also quite lively with the highlight in the form of the season's first BRAMBLING flying overhead (it dropped down somewhere in the neighbourhood). Also around these days are small flocks of Cirl Buntings which regularly come to feed in the different "wilder" gardens and vineyards. Today a nice male (first pic above) came to inspect my lawn and tried some small seeds I put out. Hopefully some more buntings will be now coming down on the lawn. Other common birds around included: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Coal Tit, Great & Green Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Hawfinches (sitting on the distant plane-trees), 2 Greenfinches and a nice flock of 19 Great Crested Grebes on the sea.
Earlier this morning, on my way to Koper I also had a flock of about 15 FIELDFARES flying across the motorway. Cool!