24 Nov 13 At The Hide

25th November 2013
After the brightness of Saturday, Sunday was a bit of a let-down and the light was quite poor really, so a higher ISO than I like had to be used.

During the chill of the night the birds must have used a lot of calories just trying to keep warm as they were back and too to the feeders like BA frequent flyers.

I hadn’t seen Goldfinch or House Sparrows in recent weeks but they were very apparent on Sunday.

House Sparrows appear to prefer the fat balls and just squabble amongst themselves as to who gets pole position. The Goldfinch appear to alternate between the Niger seed and Sunflower hearts.


House Sparrow

The Robins just wanted to attack and chase anything that flew and I’m pretty sure that they spent more time doing that than feeding!!


Robin

I tend not to see Coal Tits very often but there was one or two on the frequent flyer list on Sunday. They seemed to be going for the Sunflower Hearts more than anything else.


Coal Tit

The other birds were Blue and Great Tit, Chaffinch and Dunnock; no Greenfinch though.


Blue Tit


Dunnock

I also saw a Sparrow Hawk flying low, skimming just a few feet above the ground looking for its next meal no doubt; I was hoping that it might have flew in my direction but no such luck.

Pheasants, Wood Pigeons, Rooks and Crows all flew over and I also had a Mistle Thrush land in front of the hide but only for a millisecond before it took flight again.

Even though it was quite dull for most of the morning it wasn’t too cold and the activity of the birds gave me a warm glow just watching them going about their business.

Thanks for reading.

Andy

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