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Monday, 27 August 2012

Eye test? And a shock...

I don't know what is going on, is it something I said? but I've seen nowt lately – I think it may be time for another eye test! Mind you the weather, as always hasn't been great, I can only assume I have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Several trips to Newton Marsh have only produced a Snipe of interest, otherwise hopeless; mind you there are so many wagons stopping on the road and by the verge, with multiple drivers in hi-vis outfits, kicking tyres, chewing the fat, having a smoke or whatever, it is not surprising there are no birds to be seen. Called in at Fairhaven and saw nowt, 3 Jackdaws! A few ducks near the RSPB centre. I did see a Black Swan on Stanley Park Lake (from the zoo?) and two Great Crested Grebes (on bank holiday Sunday – it's a long story but normally a complete anathema to me).

Meanwhile I had quite a shock a week or so ago while looking out of the window while on t'com pute er (last photo) ... I'll leave that with you a while to think about (two seconds?)

So here are some pictures from January 2012 which I never got around to posting (a short study on Tree Sparrows – note those back feathers). It was so cold the back feathers were being 'fluffed up' (technical term) and the wing feathers tucked underneath... I was trying to figure out if it was just the one bird or several doing it (images not necessarily of the same bird)... don't think I came to a conclusion...

'fluffed up' 

not great but liked the autumn colours, even though it was January

a winter starling

a recent shock
You can tell its a bank holiday and raining, two posts in one day!


Martin Jump said...

The weather is certainly not helping Geoff,great tree sparrows with great light something we have hardly seen this summer.

Pete Woodruff said...

More great pics here Geoff. Can't make out the 'shock' in the garden, unless the white object is a flying saucer come down, but what's that to the right of it?