Monday, 11 December 2017

Black Red Revisited

Black Redstart, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Black Redstart, Seaton, 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Camera settings make a big difference to a male BR. That black face stands out much better in this second shot from the grey belly,crown and nape etc. doesn't it?
Black Redstart, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)

My favourite view of a male BR is this lateral view. It shows off all its best features; red outer-tail feathers with darker central tail-feathers in view, red undertail-coverts, white wing-panel, black face and breast, grey belly, grey crown and nape sharply separated from black cheek by distinct line, black forehead...absolutely exquisite.

Rock Pipit Extra

Rock Pipit, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Had to post two more of Petr, as he's now known...
Rock Pipit, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
OK that's my favourite one.Found it at last!

Rock Pipit

Rock Pipit, Seaton, 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
On my way to the BR, I noticed this Ripit making use of the pedestrian zone...
Rock Pipit, Seaton, 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
I said "You've got something by your mouth there..."
Rock Pipit, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)

Ah, that would explain it...
Rock Pipit, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Rock Pipit, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Rock Pipit, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Rock Pipit, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Even in December, our insectivores do quite well along the chine...
Rock Pipit, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Rock Pipit, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Rock Pipit, Seaton 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Black Redstart

Black Redstart, Seaton Hole, 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Black Redstart, Seaton Hole, 08/12/17 (Copyright T D Wright)
Just thought I'd quickly update the BlackRed situation! Yesterday he'd moved down to the rocks East of Seaton Hole steps. Unless we've got more than one stonking male that is.I've got more pics but no computing time just now. More will follow as and when...

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Quick update

Just to say that the Hawfinches were showing well at Shute today during a flying visit; as were the Bramblings at Stafford Cross thanks to a kind offer of a lift from another local birder.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Colyton Hawfinch!

Just for non-twitter, non-texting people, I had a Hawfinch calling & flying low over Market Place, Colyton on Wednesday 29th November at 8:12 a.m. . My first Colyton one! Yeah 👴 !

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Firecrest, Marsh Tit & Bramblings

Leaving Darts at 4pm on Friday I decided there wasn't time to walk through Goosemoor so legged it back to Topsham Train Station. Amazingly, on the walkthrough that avoids the level crossing I had brief views of a Firecrest which hopped over the wall into a private garden. It's always worth having your bins round your neck and not in your bag!
      On Saturday, a walk around Colyton saw a good variety of birds including a 'hotspot' where a feeder had four species of tit visiting ; Blue, Great, Coal & Marsh Tit ! Alright, we know that Marsh Tits are about in Jobblehayes, Holyford Woods and Axmouth (I've seen them before along the road up to Axe Cliff Golf Club) but I can't recall seeing them in a Colyton garden prior to this.
Brambling, Library Picture, Copyright T D Wright 
On Sunday, I finally slogged uphill to Stafford Cross area with the bike (at least it's downhill coming back !) and saw at least 6 Brambling , including 2 males, among the Chaffinches and House Sparrows there. I couldn't get any bloggable pics so here's some old shots just to add a little colour to my dour old blog...
Brambling, Library Picture, Copyright T D Wright
Hmmm, that's enough. Otherwise, there are still plenty of Redwing, Fieldfare & Mistle Thrush around Colyton and Hawfinches at Shute Barton, Shute Churchyard and along the lane to the car park (is it Haddon's Lane?). I checked the Little Egrets at Colcombe farm but so far no Cattles. Lots of Sparrowhawks though...
Sparrowhawk, Library Picture, Copyright T D Wright
 OK, my photos are all coming up lopsided! Please view whilst reclining like the Romans used to. End of post!