Birding on a particular patch can be quite disheartening at times, especially when you see lots of good birds appearing all round the country. You're just hoping that one drops in when you are there and that will make you happy. Birding where I do at Woodford, straddling the Cheshire and Greater Manchester border, seeing a Linnet can be a good day, whilst on others it seems completely devoid of all life. I've had some very good birds here, and most have appeared at this time of year. Trusting my notes from previous years, I made a special effort last week to visit during my lunch breaks and after work. I was rewarded beyond belief.
In just one day I had found a male Redstart at lunchtime, followed by a female after work. Added to that followed a Yellow Wagtail and two male Whinchats. Also thrown into the mix were Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plovers, Stonechat and Barn Owl. I'd have been happy with this list if it was spread over 5 years, but to get them all in one day was really quite special. What's more the sun was out, and I was able to get some good record shots of them too.
I do hope this isn't all my luck used up, and that I can have more days like this on the patch in the weeks and years ahead.
Female Redstart (centre picture)
Male Redstart hugging the hedge
Wonderful series of photos Adam.ReplyDelete
It is now a bit more difficult to spot the birds, all the leaves are already on the trees.
I really like the yellow wagtail in this series.
Great photos of the yellow wagtailReplyDelete
Hi Adam, Wow, thanks for sharing all the delightful images you captured on a lucky day of birding. Viewing the larger images on my desktop screen is just amazing! JohnReplyDelete
It IS very exciting to have so many sightings. Love the photos on the golf course. And some of these birds are so well hidden that you did great to find them.ReplyDelete
You got some great shots of these birds which are so exotic to me.ReplyDelete
Adam - so happy for you that you had so many sightings in one day. Maybe they were also happy to see the sun! My favorite is the Wagtail. Joining you from Saturday's Critters.ReplyDelete
What a special day to get all of these beautiful shots. It just amazes me what you can do with your camera.ReplyDelete
The joys of patch birding.ReplyDelete