Sunday, 4 March 2012

Sunday afternoon stroll...

Sunny, clear and cold today, just couldn't resist getting out for a few hours. In the morning there were up to 6 Siskin on the garden feeders and the Rook returned and this time I managed to get a few pictures. I just love Corvids, they are fascinating to watch and look at some of the colours on those feathers!

Rook - Corvus frugilegus
Look at those colours.
Purples, greens and blues.
Out of focus but I like how the nictitating membrane can be seen.
In the afternoon I took a stroll around Ferry Point in Dingwall and along the water's edge back towards the river mouth. Plenty of geese in the fields, Greylag and Pink-feet, they weren't close enough to examine to find anything else in there. Roughly 1000 on land with another 2000 out on the mud. Plenty of Redshank, Teal, Wigeon and gulls as usual. A buzzard was soaring above and small numbers of Goldeneye out on the water. Large mobile flock of Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Tree Sparrow in the hedgerows along the path. A total of 3 Song Thrush were seen during the walk, seeing them all the time now.

Lots of geese.
Pink-footed geese flying over.
Reed Bunting
Tree Sparrow
More Yellowhammer
A quick check at the fish factory showed the Iceland Gull was back but no sign of the Glaucous this time. The Iceland flew off before I could try to get some photos although the Hybrid crows were back again and being nosey as usual. Another Song Thrush was seen on the grass next to the factory.

Hybrid Crow

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