So after the mishap of Slimbridge, I was stuck at home on glorious Monday with no car, so decided a trundle down the Trailway was in order.
First up, one of the resident pigeons that live locally
At the very start of the Trailway, the dawn chorus was in full voice
Along with the singers there were other entertainers...a pole dancer
And someone with the spotlight right behind them
High fliers featured
And some rarely seen exhibits, slowly emerging from the shadow
To take their rightful place in the sun
More high flying Maggie action
And another corvid entrant in the best flier competition, a Rook with mumps (or possibly a crop full, if they have a crop?)
Waaaaay off in the distance, a Buzzard sat in a tree, I took a couple and then waited 10 minutes to see if it would fly off, and which way....
.... but unfortunately the other way!
I noticed flitting and rustling and more flitting, but couldn't make out what it was in the tree... I was hopeful for Goldcrest from it's movement, but didn't get a clear view of it until I reviewed the pictures at home
I'm guessing at Chiffchaff, but I took just shy of a hundred pictures to be sure lol
There were a good few Redwing about, but most stayed obstinately distant
And a Chaffy looked beautiful against the clear blue sky
Plenty of Robins about, this one slimmer than most!
A flock of smallish birds came in to land in a field to the left (awkwardly into the sun... and I'm struggling to decide what they are... possible Meadow Pipits, but I've not spotted any along here before
Two distinctly different Dunnocks in close proximity
Everyone enjoys a Magpie serenade! There were 6 or 8 "frolicking" about between the larger trees, swooping and tumbling, screeching and squalling
And back at the end of the Trailway, 20 or so Starlings swooped into the trees just ahead of me, making a wide cariety of their usual noises
I've noticed when their throat feathers are sticking out, is when they are making their clicking noise, not unlike Harry Potters spider impression!
And so concluded a mini jolly due to unforeseen circumstances!
Hope you enjoyed
Stay Safe All
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
(Pardon the Scottish Accent)
Good to see you're still able to get out and about, even if just very local, and hoping things are moving with the car claim.
Back to the photos, as always, a fabulous set, and where would we be without the magpies!
A shame no goldcrest but a good selection of beauties nonetheless.
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