Saturday, 29 November 2014

MOULTON QUARRY 29/11/2014

What's the saying? What a difference a day makes. What a difference too. Sunny,  blue skies and warm too the digital temperature gauge on the phone peaked at 16°c.
I headed off to Moulton Quarry and my self named pit. Bird wise it was bit slow. Two Snipe that never broke cover, two Teal, Kestrel, Grey Wagtails, three Meadow Pipits, Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, 1 Little Owl, just five Fieldfare, Song Thrush and other common stuff.  Didn't bother counting the Linnet, Finches and Tits too many.
I was disappointed in the Fieldfare numbers as one long hedgerow on the site is screaming out winter thrushes. It has plenty of berries and even apples waiting to be scoffed up.
Good numbers of Reed Buntings too.
MALE REED BUNTING

FEMALE REED BUNTING

FEMALE PREENING 
The other good photo opportunity came courtesy of a Blue Tit feeding from a Bull Rush.


I kind of filled by boots with this little chap quite enjoyed watching it so I'll apologies for a bit of repetition here.

And the last two...


11 comments:

  1. The repetition is justified. I've never seen anything eat Bull Rushes.

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    1. It was very interesting watching see how it got into them it took a bit of pecking and pulling

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  2. Carry on repeating Doug, the Blue Tit is a very under rated bird and good to see one on the Bullrushes.

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    1. Totally agree John I was truly entranced by its antics.

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  3. Three of them, one is a beautiful Reed Bunting male, and a female looking good. And, I have never heard of Blue Tit feeding on a Bullrushes, excellent photos Douglas.

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    1. I've never seen them feeding on Bullrush neither, seen a Penduline Tit do it. It seemed to know what it was doing so perhaps it's something we don't take note of perhaps?

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  4. What gorgeous little birdies and so nice to capture them in natural surroundings and foraging in the wild! Lovely colours too :) Brill photos! We have had good numbers of fieldfares around us but whether they find enough food in the way of apples I don't know.

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    1. Thanks Lou the light was gorgeous which really helped

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  5. It's all too easy to overlook the fact that the common Blue Tit is, without a doubt, one of our most beautiful birds. It seems to have a delightful character too. So your sequence of this bird on the Reedmace (to give it its correct name ;-} ) is an absolute delight to behold. I love the Reed Bunting images too.

    Have a great week - - - - Richard

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  6. I personally find the Blue Tit too hard to ignore unless I'm photographing something else. Thanks for the correction too, never knew it was known as reed mace.
    Have a good week too

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