The rangers closed off the roads onto the chase on Sunday because of the number of people getting stuck in the snow, anybody know if they have reopened them. Hawfinches x 4 present last week, would`nt mind another chance to photograph them, attached are a couple taken last week. Thanks in advance.
I've just been watching a magpie building a nest. They don't wait long for the milder weather to come do they ? :eek!:
Had a quick walk out this afternoon came across two great spotted woodpeckers chasing each other from branch to branch there heads bobbing up and down this went on for about 20 mins,meadow pipits and pied wagtails around TA centre Anchor road,
Black headed gulls on pool behind Don Burs, reed bunting in scrub around the pool.
Having walk along the river Churnet on friday near JCB will i be able to walk around the lakes there.
ps sorry about the twite post. stu
Where were the GSWs please, you should be ok to walk around the main lakes at JCB. Just dont trespass on JCB private land or you may be escorted from it forthwith:-O.
Just having a joke from a previous post about a couple of our regulars being escorted off JCB land. Aparently it was a public right of way, but they still got the boot.:-O
steve, i think the chiffchaff is the same bird, i have called at the works every weekend [and sometimes in the week ] on the way home from tittesworth since its report and not seen any other, its feeding in the same spot every time and roosting in the same spot [under the center colume of the first bed,theres a deep hole there] its tone and leg colour can look different, as i am sure you know depending on the light conditions, how about calling again and having another look this weekend i could meet you there?
theres a lad from leek who has some great photos, [his brother works for seven trent and has a key to the place so they both went inside and got the shots] but i cannot get him to post any photos, but think he may let me have some prints if nick p. wants any for the rarities committee.
Been working from home today and hit the magic 50 for the garden list with a cracking brambling - a year tick to boot. Also had goldcrest, treecreeper, siskin & bullfinch - 25 species in total for the day.
Been having a good look at the Redpoll photos. Size is often a good indicator as lessers in my experience are pretty small as finches go. Mealies tend to be bigger and structurally heavier with a bull-necked appearance exagerrated by the greyish nape. The variety of plumages due to age, sex & moult make it a bit of a minefield at times unless you get a classic bird. I wouldn't discount mealy yet. For my money, the paler, larger bird (pic2) is a good runner for mealy.
I posted a few days ago about a potential mealy which visited my feeders - unfortunately it's not been back. It had a bit of both species about it; structure & size mealy; plumage as lesser although it was quite greyish around the nape!
When you really start looking at individual birds closely, you start to realise how much individual variation there is.
That's my two penneth!!