Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Friday, 20 November 2020

Home Birding - Lockdown 2

 When I was 'lockdown birding' in the Spring, I didn't expect I'd be doing the same thing in the Autumn, but here I am doing exactly that. I have enjoyed this week though with some different birds to watch from my lounge window. Goldcrests have made an appearance. Wrens have been squabbling and there have been plenty of Coal Tits on my window feeder. Yesterday I even had 3 male Blackcaps turn up. Much easier to see at this time of year than in the Spring, when they like to sing from within well leafed trees and hedges. These were feeding on the berries of the Dogwood.



Blackbird numbers have been swelled recently by an influx of the continental race from Europe. They look much darker than our own Blackbirds and have almost black bills. They have been feeding on the berries, but always harassed by the locals.
This female was hanging around with one of the continental males, so I assume it is also from across Europe somewhere.


Here you can see this male has a black bill and no yellow eye ring.


Taken on the same day, this is one of the local British Blackbirds with it's distinctive yellow bill and eye ring.




9 comments:

  1. Hello,
    The Blackcap is a beautiful bird, love the pair of Blackbirds. Great series of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post! Take care,enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend!

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  2. My garden is heaving with coal tits, apparently there has been an influx.

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  3. Beautiful photos of birds. The last photo is very nice and my favorite.

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  4. What are the white berries in the first shot?
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/11/sleepy-head.html

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  5. That female blackbird photo is exquisite. What wonderful sights you will see here at your window.

    I send good wishes for your lockdown and for your continued safety and health.

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  6. Nice birdshots. Like them.

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  7. I didn't realise European blackbirds look so different. Thanks for the education.

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