A lovely sign of Spring the other day. A pair of Long-tailed Tits working as a team to renovate a nest site in preparation for it to be used as a family home. Wedged between the fork of a tree, you can see one of them just peeping out. I think this is the female waiting for her husband (who's late) to hurry up with that nesting material.
And here he is now with some feathers to line the nest.
Passing them to the wife now, who'll no doubt do a better job than him of making it look nice.
A lovely pose for the camera, but off you go before you get shouted at.
A visit to Titchwell is always highly anticipated when I go to Norfolk. This visit just as good as any other. A pair of Red-crested Pochards were a first for me (well, real live wild ones anyway). I'll add some pics of those at a later date.
I was really taken by the breeding plumage Black-tailed Godwits. Really stunning to see the vibrant colours as opposed the plainer winter plumage.
An early start saw me at Lynford Arboretum by 8.30 on Saturday morning, in search of Two-barred Crossbill and Hawfinch. There were lots of Common Crossbill in many flocks. Only problem I had was to crane my neck up a good 50 feet to the trees they were in to try and spot the Two-barred variety. Made more difficult with so many flighty birds. But luck was on my side as I spotted this female (below). The defining distinction is the two white stripes across the wings.
I did briefly see a Hawfinch on the ground in its usual area but was only there long enough for me to see through the binoculars. Still two lifers in a day is not a bad return for a 3am start and 270 miles.
I'm heading off to Norfolk on Saturday for a few days Birding and relaxation with my parents. I'm hoping to catch up with some of Wheatear, which have been coming into the country recently. I'm hoping to see a lot more than that to be honest, but these would be good for starters.
A nice stroll around Hollingworth Lake, Rochdale, last Sunday saw the sun come out for a nice change. There was plenty of activity and song in the trees and bushes and some nice birds on the lake itself. When I got in the hide I was fortunate to be met by a few Goosander. In the past, these birds have proved difficult to capture on camera and are usually too far away to get any decent shots, but my luck was in today.
I've been out recently, looking for signs of spring on my local patch. It's a little slow at the moment, but things are starting to pick up. Just this evening I came across a pair of Oystercatcher for the second time in just a couple of weeks. I hope they nest and raise some young as previous pairs have done in the last few years.
I had a rare day off work that also entailed some time to myself. So I took the opportunity to take the binoculars and the camera to my local patch. Not much was around so I ventured a few miles down the road to Bramhall, The woods were alive with the sound of birds marking territory and suddenly Spring is upon us.
This Nuthatch was very vocal. Either it wasn't keen on me being there or there was another bird in the vicinity. Either way he put on a good show. Unfortunately it was a little dark due to the cloud cover, so some of the shots are a little grainy and I forgot my monopod, so these are handheld.
There were plenty of squirrels scurrying around. This little guy was having a light snack.