Sunday, 14 November 2010

Acrobats of the Alders

Despite the recent winds, the Siskin flocks still manage to get hidden in the tops of the Alders and there are still too many leaves on the surrounding trees to get clear shots of them. This selection was from a group of c15-20 birds in D Wood at Tophill Low NR in the late-afternoon sunshine on Saturday.

Also present, and showing badly, was this Lesser Redpoll which briefly emerged from behind the leaves.

And the mixed flock also included a few Goldfinch while a Brambling was calling in the vicinty but not sure if was just a flyover.

The other birdy highlights included a Buzzard, a Pink-footed Goose and a 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull in the evening roost.

As the weather cools, still 3 Common Darter were found on the wing, Doug Fairweather catching this ageing individual on camera.

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