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Friday 22 October 2021

Signs of Winter

 I took an afternoon walk just to get out of the house last weekend. I didn't really know where I was going or what I was going to find. It had rained most of the morning and that hadn't helped my mood. So I ended up at what is becoming one of my favourite local spots. Lapwing Hall Lane in Chelford. There's a really good mix of woodland, scrub, farmland, hedgerow and a very large lake that attracts a good variety, especially in winter.

I could hear Redwings overhead and it wasn't long before I caught a glimpse of a few. They had probably arrived in the week for their winter stay here. I carried on to a wooded area that is very good in the colder months. First bird I could hear was a Bullfinch, followed closely by another Redwing and a Goldcrest. Then I spotted some other birds flitting around. I was delighted to get a small group of Bramblings in my sights. I'd not seen any this year, so was pleased to add them to the year list. Great birds, and I was really pleased to see them here. I was able to stand and watch them for 20 minutes before I'd had my fix and moved on.


I continued my walk and leant on a gate to see what was across a stubbly field. I thought I was going to be looking at a large flock of Canada Geese, but it was obvious very quickly that I had a good number of Pink footed Geese in with them.  I'd seen a few large skeins fly over recently, but these were the first of the year that I'd seen down on the ground. Winter has arrived (in bird terms) and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

The Pink footed Geese are the ones with the darker heads, with Canada and Greylag at the back.

Unusually, there were still some signs of the summer months with some butterflies and dragonflies still on the wing. 

Small Copper Butterfly

Comma Butterfly


  1. Wonderful sightings from your impromptu walk. The birds and butterflies are beautifully photographed.

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  2. Your mood certainly would have lifted after seeing so many wonderful birds that afternoon. Great to see Brambling. I have not seen any for a few years now. Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Hi Adam,
    What a beautiful photo you could take during your walk.
    Your mood must have improved after seeing so many beautiful birds.
    All photos are perfectly sharp, my compliments.
    I wish you a good weekend.
    Greetings Irma.

  4. Hello,
    The Bramblings are beautiful and a great find. I love all the geese. Beautiful captures of the Copper Butterfly. Great post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend!

  5. The Bramblings are so beautiful and colourful!

  6. You have such beautiful backgrounds with the red berries and yellow flowers. The geese are a neat photo too. It always makes me feel better to get out for a walk. I hope I can get out tomorrow!

  7. Hi Adam, beautiful photos. We see sometimes the Fringilla montifringilla too in the Netherlands. Happy sunday.

  8. Hello,:=) I have never seen a Rambling, how fortunate you were to photograph one, and take such beautiful images of it eating the red berries. Your butterfly captures are so pretty.

  9. Adam?...these images are glorious! The colors, the subjects...beautiful. I'm glad you decided to get outdoors to share all this with us!

    I'm running late today getting my visiting done, out early birding and just getting home! Thanks for linking in and sharing at IRBB!

  10. The sign's were of a Brambling winter. Now I'm not so sure - perhaps a Snow Bunting winter instead Adam?

  11. Pretty images here!
    Thanks so much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/10/the-old-mill.html

  12. There is such a lot of rowanberries this year. Good for the birds!

  13. Wonderful scenes... thank you for sharing.


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