N. Dorset Trailway

Day off this week coincided with dry, bright but a bit blowy weather, so Mrs PB dropped me off in Shillingstone on her way to work, so I could walk the Trailway home. It was a fairly quiet walk, with most birds hiding in the foliage, so there follows a series of dodgy shots, plus a few unknown (and to make it challenging "almost" in focus) birds!! Good luck lol

There were several robins along the route, this one more obliging than most

And then an even dodgier shot, of a Bullfinch

As I emerged from a woodland part of the trail I felt I was being watched....

And further up the field, showing a considerable turn of pace, for one with such short legs...

Further along the path were several piles of natures detritus that had been swept up, and atop one was a Fungal Jungle

Not sure what the next bird is... possible but maybe not, the same as the following three too!!

At first I thought these would be pipits, but now am thinking larks, but not sure... (these are the not quite in focus shots I warned about!)

As I said, a lot of the birds remained resolutely in the foliage

I was surprised to see loads of bees about, particularly as they all seemed congregating on/around this plant

And also several flies...

And scampering above...

Another robin, looking fine against the sky

I thought when I snapped this it was a slim blackbird, but looking at the image now, with the distinct eyestripe I'm thinking fieldfare or redwing

So I lightened the image and have plumped for redwing :o)

Next a real test....

Mrs Blackbird keeping a watch..

And finally some wet-look mushrooms!

Hope you enjoyed my amble along the trailway, it was nice to get out into some sunshine and "fresh" air (it was 1st woolly hat of the winter weather lol)

Stay Safe All

  • Sorry can't help with ID's but really enjoyed the stroll!

     

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  • A nice walk by the sound of it, PB, but rather challenging for photography.

    PimperneBloke said:
    At first I thought these would be pipits, but now am thinking larks, but not sure.

    They appear to have white on the outer tail feathers so possibly Skylarks. Linnets also have this feature but not sure.

    PimperneBloke said:
    As I said, a lot of the birds remained resolutely in the foliage

    Looks like a male Blackcap.

    PimperneBloke said:
    I was surprised to see loads of bees about, particularly as they all seemed congregating on/around this plant

    Aren't they Wasps?

    PimperneBloke said:
    So I lightened the image and have plumped for redwing :o)

    Agreed. Definitely not Fieldfare

    PimperneBloke said:
    Next a real test....

    Dunno. Possibly a Chiffie

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  • Lovely set of species and photos, I'm not brilliant at ID's but agree with male Blackcap, Redwing and Chiffchaff; was looking at the photo directly above the blackcap and wondering if it they could be Reed Buntings but totally unsure.

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  • I'm with TeeJay on the skylark. Lovely set!

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • Defo a male Blackcap and a Redwing

    Richard B

  • Looking at the blurred photos the tail feathers are black with white outers, which is a trait of the reed Bunting

    Richard B

  • The top unidentified bird flying away looking very dark, almost in silhouette, has the the shape of a Skylark.

    Richard B

  • Last one looks most like a Chiffchaff

    Richard B

  • Thanks all for the ID's, I knew the blackcap. I guess I'll have to go back out for the bunting/skylark as the jury is split lol. I felt they were too big for the reed bunting (although size is deceptive especially from a distance), and are they not usually on the river bank? These were in a rough patch in the middle of a recently harvested farmers field. Anyhow, thanks again all :o)
  • Looks like you had a nice walk home PB with plenty to see and share with us. Thanks 

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)