22 Oct 2012 The Weekend

22nd October 2012
It was quite a nice weekend and certainly bright enough for photography but where to go, I was torn between visiting the hide and going down to “Woolston Eyes”.

In the end I decided to go to the hide on Saturday and Sunday mainly because I know that I can get really close up shots of the birds even if they are the common ones that we can all see most days in our gardens.


Blue Tits & Great Tits are flitting about most of the time and Saturday was no exception.

Blue Tit

The other birds that put in an appearance were Goldfinch, Wren, Pheasant (male & female), Dunnock, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Robin and Magpie. Buzzard, Crow and plenty of Woodpigeons were also flying over.

House Sparrow

After packing up and going home, I was looking at the feeding station in the garden and there was a juvenile Sparrowhawk perched on the fence. Sparrowhawks are quite frequent visitors to the garden but generally they disappear quite quickly, this one perched for a reasonable length of time and I managed to get some decent shots through the window.



Mostly the same birds seen again minus the House Sparrow and Magpie, they were however replaced by Blackbird and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

I don’t see many Blackbirds or Greenfinch during my visits to the hide and definitely not Coal Tits or Long Tailed Tits. Which seems a little odd as I only live a short distance away and they are frequent flyers to the feeders in our garden. But when you can get really good views of Wren and Goldcrest; I don’t really think it’s a problem.



Photo comment By elaine storey: THESE ARE REALLY GOOD YOU COULD PUT THEM IN A BOOK!!

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