Friday, 10 February 2012

Repeat Thrushes

The past few days have been quite overcast. That has been quite frustrating; despite lots of avian subject matter, the quality of the photography has not been as high as I would have liked. Today was different. with a big improvement in the light.

I cleared the overnight snow from the paths and a large section of the lawn, filled the feeders and scattered some apples. In no time the birds began to arrive, desperate, I suspect, to recharge the batteries and replace the energy lost overnight keeping warm. There seemed to be an increase in confidence, with increased numbers of finches as well as the thrushes, pigeons, doves and corvids. Today we had seven Fieldfare, a pair of squabbling Mistle Thrush, a single Song Thrush, and up to a dozen or more Blackbirds.

Apart from the improved shots, the other delight of the day was the appearance of a single Brambling amongst the Chaffinches and Greenfinches. We haven't seen very many this winter, so it was great to see at least one turn up.

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