Tuesday, 22 October 2013

A Chance of Some Snow

Still rather birdless at the Patch at the moment although the Glossy Ibis remains in residence, at least 12 Marsh harriers today so winter numbers building up nicely now and my first Bittern of the autumn was seen yesterday. The odd Swallow still being seen in the valley with five yesterday plus a second summer Yellow-legged Gull passed west over the lake with 2 similar plumaged Herring Gulls and today a flock of 51 Chaffinches flew west, still no numbers of winter Thrushes as yet. Bored with the valley I took a trip over to Minis Bay where I met Adam Faiers watching a pair of very confiding Snow Buntings. While there large numbers of Chaffinches moving through and during the hour or so I was there at least 1500 passed through. Large numbers of Starlings seemed to be arriving as well so worth checking those flocks for a Rosie! I managed to get a couple of half decent photos of the Snow Buntings before the rains arrived.

Although showing well most of the time, this small brown bird doesn't live up to its name with the sun

Glossy Ibis still without sunshine

Yet again

When the sun did come out I missed the opportunity!!!!

Smart looking Great-crested Grebe

Confiding female Snow Bunting at Minis Bay

Confiding pair of Snow Buntings at Minis Bay

Confiding male Snow Bunting at Minis Bay

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

And finally, looking down the lens

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