Wildlife on the Gironde estuary - Our first garden Snipe

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    We only get them in Winter, they are lovely little things & good to see them this year.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    It's long past time I posted on here. We've had Pied Flycatchers coming through in the last couple of days. On Friday they took advantage of the moths in the grass after a moth trap. This morning they were perched in the fruit trees & dropping onto the grass to eat whatever was there. I managed to get a few shots in a couple of sessions where they were near to the house,

    I managed to get a side view in this shot, but it was further away

    back in the old tree, but there are always twigs in the way

    & another side shot

    & finally out in the open

    They come through every year at this time, but we don't always get such lovely views.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    lovely little bird  H but not one I've knowingly seen in the wild ... good idea to use moths as a lure, birds here fly into shed to pinch mine off the sheet, always know cos they leave calling cards! Lol

     

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  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    WendyBartter said:
    good idea to use moths as a lure

    LOL

    I had the Wagtails raising their families on what they found in the grass the morning after moth traps! They got most put out if I didn't have one for a few days.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    How could you neglect them so H! Lol

     

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  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    Cute little birds. Do you get the smart looking males coming through as well?

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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    Funnily enough we were commenting on that TJ, today they were all (at least 5 & probably 8 or 9 birds) Ist year or females, males rarely seen by us. Maybe they are more shy?

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Aren't they harder to differentiate on Late Summer/Autumn migration? I don't know but am guessing they moult before leaving Uk and other northern breeding areas.

  • In reply to Robbo:

    Yes that's true Robbo, but I thought you would pick up the wider wing bars & white patch above the beak, but maybe they are all part of the nuptial colours.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Got to admit that I don't know the answer to that, Noisette. I've never been away anywhere overseas in the Autumn. Higher priorities for my holiday allocations. Maybe when I retire.....