Saturday, 6 December 2014

Recent Patch Birds.

Another damp and dreary week so very limited opportunities for photos during my local patch walks around Epsom Common Pond but here are a few of the recent visitors and residents.
A single Greylag Goose. A fairly infrequent visitor on the patch who decided to keep its distance.

I have counted up to six Northern Shoveler on the pond this last week. The males were in various plumage's but often hidden away while feeding in the waterside vegetation. Occasional forays across the water always seem to be a long way away from my viewing point hence this cropped record shot.  

One of the resident Mallard flying over in the hope of not missing out on a hand-out!

Kestrel taking a well earned rest from its hunting activities.

A 1st winter Mistle Thrush, perched in the open, showing off its distinctive rounded black breast spots and the paler outer coverts.

One of the many Ring-necked Parakeets inspecting a possible roosting hole. This is now a common resident breeding species but more often seen and heard when flying over the woodland.

Back at home there has been far more activity around the feeders including Blue Tit (above image shot through the window), Great Tits, Coal Tit, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrows, Starling, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird and Ring-necked Parakeets making sure I keep the larder well stocked.  FAB.

23 comments:

  1. Great collection of birds.. I love the pretty Parakeet and the Mistle Thrush!.. Thank you you so much for linking up to my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

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  2. So many different birds and all beautiful!

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  3. Beautiful shots Frank. Hard to pick a favorite.

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  4. You seem to have all the same birds your feeders except we do not have Ring-necked Parakeets in Northern Ireland.. Your photographs are great. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Great variety! Things have been dreary here as well. The Blue Tit is gorgeous!

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  6. Lovely birds! I love the blue tit. They're so cute.

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  7. I so love to visit your visitors. I'm in awe at the various species you spy. wow.

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  8. I love the last one - it's so plushy :))
    Have a fine sunday!

    【ツ】Knipsa

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  9. Magnificent photo shots of nature's feathered friends!

    Happy Weekend,
    artmusedog and carol

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  10. Quite a lovely show of birds Frank! I got a notice yesterday that we are way down on our Winter arrival of waterbirds that have landed thus far..hope they make a showing here~

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  11. Fabulous variety of birds! Wonderful post! Love that the parakeets are now calling that area home!

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  12. All your images are great, as usual, but that duck in flight is really special. :)

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  13. Superior birds this week!!! I like 'em all, but for me that Mistle Thrush is simply gorgeous.

    Again, thanks for sharing your link this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin'

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  14. Wonderful photos, the Ring-necked Parakeets is great, an invasive species, but beautiful.

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  15. Excellent post Frank,love the Ring-Necked,for me the star of the show.
    John.

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  16. Shoveller - surprised I never see these on my local town lakes...goosander and pochard as exotic as we go here

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  17. Lovely series! I especially liked the thrush!

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  18. Some wonderful birds here. I like the Shoveller, never seen one of those. Also the bright little green parakeet is so adorable.

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  19. I love the Mistle Thrush! I had no idea you had any kind of parakeet there! It's fun to see what you are seeing!

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