23.10.15.

Friday.

Cool and Grey.

I had a nice surprise this morning when I was checking out the Rowan trees opposite The Wardens Office. I was actually looking for Redwing and Fieldfare. I had already photographed both thrush species, when out the middle of one of the Rowans popped this beautiful male Brambling. Luckily both Cobs and Gary just pulled up on the car park to share the experience. Must admit I’ve seen Brambling over the years numerous times. But its always a great highlight of any winter. I noticed with this male it was only taking the old over ripe berries….

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Also in the same Rowan trees where 15 Redwing, unluckily all on the opposite side of the tree. I only managed a photo of this one, about to eat a berry…

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This Fieldfare was a little more obliging for photos. There were 6 Fieldfare at The Wardens Office. All eating numerous berries….

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On the main Common today, I counted 20+ Redwing and 10+ Fieldfare. All the while the local Mistle Thrushes were complaining. Other birds seen were 2 Stock Dove, 1 Marsh Tit, and a female Sparrowhawk.

Not a great photo, but also very interested in the Thrush flocks was this Common Buzzard perched high up in a Silver Birch and scanning for a possible easy meal…

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Birch Polypore…

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At the top and bottom of the Heathland Corridor in the red sand areas, I’m getting very interested in whats making these holes. Most of the numerous freshly made holes stand about 2 inches tall…

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