Saturday September 24th 2022
Well, been a while! Not a lot has happened up the hill over the last couple of weeks, we've been in recovery mode so not really been anywhere. There are definitely more geese in the area, watch them fly from Lintrathen direction out over the fields, sometimes settling in these nearby, several hundred of them.
The usual suspects are all still here, still turning up at the feeders, nothing much changed there but, a couple of events and visitors.
The first was a noise heard by Jo early one morning, a high pitched screeching outside. Opening the curtains there was a Sparrowhawk sprawled over one of the GSW, looking up at Jo as if to say What!!!!????
I ran out and both birds left, in opposite directions. At least one GSW has been back since and, I've moved the feeder it uses so it is more protected by the tree.
The second event was our first visit by a Magpie. they almost ruled the garden in S Wales. This one looked pretty tatty and set about the suet with gusto but, as I watched and grabbed a few shots, it dropped to the ground, grabbed a young Chaffinch and set about it. I ran out, yet again and it flew off but, too late for the Chaffinch, sad to say. I've never actually seen a Magpie do that before and I hadn't noticed the finch on the ground next to the tree
Not seen the Magpie since.
The Red Kite 'family' seem to have moved on, having prowled the fields for a week or two.
Driving to the bins a couple of days ago, I always try to have the camera with me, four birds flew over and landed on the other side of the field, looked kind of Thrushy so I grabbed a few shots, did some tidying up and added them here. Mistle Thrush family?
I'll keep my eyes peeled for them again.
As it was a lovely morning this morning, I upped and out to Backwater Reservoir, see what I could see. I enjoy a good walk, always carry a camera and now, binoculars but, my emphasis is still on the shot I might get, might have to change that. Find out what I'm about to capture before grabbing the shot?
The sun was shining and hardly a breath of wind down home but, up at the reservoir? Chilly breeze blowing down the glen but a beautiful morning still. The Cormorants were my first sighting up there, preening and drying off on the tower.
Headed up the West shore for my walk, a pair of Red Kites were soaring over the hillside and a lone Kestrel appeared briefly, much lower and heading the other way.
A flock of geese flew overhead, way up, I couldn't pick out what they might have been and didn't grab a shot. See, there's that choice thing
Bins or camera?
Another bird of prey flew below me over the water side, I only saw sleek looking brown coloured wings and it was gone.
Not a lot of luck for me but, the Coal Tits were happy to show off among the pines so, plenty of decent shots of them
Caught this little beauty on the hop between branches.
OK, only one more, I don't usually get to capture these wee guys that often.
I did see and watch something else, I think but they were way too quick for me, small, fast, yellow/green ish, didn't get any shots worth sharing so, I'll have to go back eh?
Just over three miles, only met five people and associated dogs and the sun, walking. back down the road was wonderful, only the Fly Agaric to grab a few shots of, they're fabulous looking fungi, lots of fungi around just now. Different walk, different lens
Laid my phone next to this one to give a hint at the size of it, not far of side plate!
And finally, classic Fly Agaric.
I also saw a family of Swans across the other side, one Cygnet only, other than that, a quiet, peaceful walk in the sun. What more could I ask for?