Odds & Sods 2021

  • Had a trip out to try and spot the local Barn Owls, but no joy. Very misty morning. I'd read the first Redwings of the winter were back at Portland, and thought perhaps I'd spotted a Fieldfare today, but think it's a Song Thrush

    And despite this belonging in the Bad Pics thread, I don't see many Jays, so I'm putting it here 

    And finally, first Goldcrest of the winter

  • In reply to PimperneBloke:

    You've set the standard with the goldcrest, and why not post the jay here, its clear enough and definitely good enough. Many thanks for sharing.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • A pair of starlings on a neighbouring TV aerial

    There was one hell of a commotion, some extremely noisy house sparrows, flitting between next doors guttering and ours....

    Its very likely these are from the same family, but different broods, and there had been two males fighting each other. A guess, 12 house sparrows though I'm sure there were more at one point, possibly a rival family.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Oh my someone is not happy!

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Came across this heron during a short walk this morning. It was so still when I first saw it, I thought someone had placed a statue among the tall grass.

    It then moved its head.

    At one point I thought it was about to get a meal but it came to nothing.

    As I went around the pond on my way home, it was keenly watching the activities of a moorhen in the middle of the pond.

    Wouldn't want to argue with that beak!

  • Last trip up to see the peak district rutting stags this morning. Mist and sunrise put this one in silhouette.

    Lots of mountain hares more westardly in the peaks and never got a photograph of one, I think that's my new challenge, which it will be with the little bridge camera and bottle of blackcurrant cordial to keep me going :)

  • I got this adorable nuthatch at Minsmere a few days before we went to Mull:

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

  • Cracking shot Clare, though odd to see the upside down bird the other way around!!!

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to Catlady:

    Lynn L said:
    Oh my someone is not happy!

    They were all squabbling with each other, sadly I missed the best of the commotion, it was like a gang war on my neighbours guttering!

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Taken through an upstairs window a few minutes ago. Fortunately it hung around while I ran for the camera!