Over the weekend at Pennington, I was intrigued by this Dunnock,
He kept flicking his wing up, favouring the right wing
Then, he'd change perch and do it again
He moved all around, posturing and wing-flicking
Having worked up his audience (which was apparently just me!), he finally burst into song.
Showing off wasn't left to the songbirds either. This cock pheasant was having a go, too.
Unfortunately, he's the first pheasant to be seen on site for years, so he'll be lucky to attract any female attention, no matter how much he splays that tail.
Other sightings include a flock of Greenfinch (4f +1m)
I've hardly seen any winter thrushes at all this year, but I did flush 1 solitary Redwing
This female bullfinch was busy eating every leaf bud she could find, so given how many of these finches there are here it's a surprise any tree ever gets into leaf!
Have to include at least one wildfowl and this Little Grebe did pose nicely
Even a pair of Roe Deer popped up and gave quite good views, well one of them did. Before that one stood up, people were having real trouble spotting them in the trees
That's it for now.
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In reply to HAZY:
HAZY said:Your dunnock doesn't look damp so can't be drying out the wings.
It's a courtship ritual Hazel, they are busy displaying on my patch.
In reply to Alan.:
Alan. said:It's a courtship ritual Hazel, they are busy displaying on my patch.
Oh, that's interesting Alan, hadn't heard of that before so thanks for info; I'll have to keep an eye open for courtship displays, also with robins as they nest earlier. We currently have Tawny Owl hooting in the late evening, GSW drilling and a Jay impersonating a Buzzard so it's all happening lol
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