Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Finches Galore!

With the weather back to normal, and work back to some kind of normality, it was good to get out around Anton Lakes at lunchtime, and very pleasing to see big mixed flocks of Finches gracing the tops of the surrounding trees. Chaffinch, Goldfinch & Siskin. Along with lots of Long Tailed Tit, Great Tits & Blue Tits and the usual Blackbird & Robin every 20 ft.
Long Tailed Tit
I've established that trying to get a picture of a passing Wren is pretty tricky. Having seen 5 or 6 during my walk today, this is probably my best ever attempt, still not the clearest of shot, but having watched the walker in-front of me move the resident Kingfisher up stream, I thought I'd stand and wait a while to see if he returned. No such luck but I did get a shot at a Wren.
The lakes are still pretty quiet at the moment, with a few Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot & Moorhen on the water, With plenty of Canada Geese higher up the lake.
Tufted Duck
I was however rewarded on the walk back to the Car - this Male Bullfinch in all is colourful glory! Sat no more than 10 ft from the path, his mate in amongst the branches behind him. Made my year so far!
Male Bullfinch
Male Bullfinch
Male Bullfinch

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