These pictures were all taken just after the new year, when we were still allowed out and prior to the latest lockdown.
Redesmere lake, just a short drive from home, is where I have spent a lot of time over the last 18 months or so. Since taking on the monthly Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) count here for the BTO I have found myself gravitating to it more and more. It is a large lake, about half a mile in length and is surrounded by woodland. This attracts some good birds all year round, with winter thrushes, Siskin and Redpoll, while in the summer I have had Spotted Flycatchers as the stars of the show.
The water itself also brings in some great wildfowl and geese. Last year I found 3 Greenland White fronted Geese and on the 1st of January this year I found 25 Whooper Swans on it. Add to this, Smew, Great White Egret and Red Crested Pochard, it has really turned out to be a surprising bit of water. I feel it is rather under-watched, so I am trying to visit more, as I am sure lots comes and goes unnoticed.
Here are a few of my sightings in early January.
Male Chaffinch in very poor light.
Sounds like you have a great WeBS patch. We were blessed with good numbers of Russian Whitefronts in & around London about a month ago- a handful even turning up in busy central parks!ReplyDelete
Stunning Redwing shots!
Wonderful sightings! The Chaffinch is a beautiful bird, I also love the cute Goldcrest and the Geese. The Redwing is a lovely bird, I like it's markings. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your weekend!
Hello, Some delightful captures. I enjoyed your post, and all your bird sightings especially the photos of the Goldcrest, such a sweet little bird, and so difficult to photograph. The Redwings are beautiful too. The weather has been cold and rainy every day, skies dull, and difficult to photograph anything. You did very well to capture these birds. The lake seems like the ideal place to see wild life.ReplyDelete
I can see why you are called back to this spot, Adam. It looks lovely and with a wonderful selection of birds.ReplyDelete
such sweet little birds...what a joy it must have been to see and photograph them!! i am sorry to hear you are on complete lockdown, going for a ride to a lake seen harmless enough!!ReplyDelete
...the Goldcrest is lovely little thing that I'm not familiar with, thanks!ReplyDelete
Interesting picture of goldcrest.ReplyDelete
Is he sad...or mad! heehee! Love the birds you share....birds we don't see here in Florida. Have a good weekend!ReplyDelete
A fine series of images, Adam. You did well to capture the Goldcrest and I am especially envious of the Redwing, a thrush I have never seen.ReplyDelete
The goldcrest does look as if it would be very fun to watch. The winter thrush looks a bit like our robins from behind. Hope the lockdown ends soon.ReplyDelete
Love the wee Goldcrest. That thrush has quite a resemblance to our Robin if it had more red.ReplyDelete
I enjoy your pictures!ReplyDelete
With the likes of seeing these and so many other species throughout the seasons, I can understand you wanting to return frequently! Once, again, a wonderful series. (Yes, the expression on it does look sad)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing this at IRBB this week.
Wonderful bird photos. Always good to see birds from another part of the world. Conrad Lorenz developed a major study of how learning occurs studying the Graylag Geese.ReplyDelete
the little fellows you photograph are always so cuteReplyDelete
Oh! "Bird King" we call these fast little cuties.ReplyDelete
Some of these little guys are positively adorable! Great shots!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-rest-of-indoor-herb-garden.html
Adam - so glad to have you join Mosaic Monday - I love birding blogs! If you want to continue to link up, please be sure to include at least one mosaic in your post! Thanks!ReplyDelete
You have some excellent birding photos. Congrats on the very nice work and thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Beautiful series of photos Adam.ReplyDelete
Photos 2 and 4 are my favorite.
Nice new week, watch out and stay healthy.
Great photos! I added bird feeders to my house in 2020 due to pandemic boredom. Birds are fun to watch but so hard to get good photos of!ReplyDelete