Sunday, 29 November 2020

More photos taken out on my walks, and a couple in the garden.

 

Dunnock (Prunella modularis) seen in the garden, the first sighting of one for a couple of years, I was delighted...

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Out walking - Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)...

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Woodlark (Lullula arborea).

Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis).

Common or European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)...

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Unusual to catch 2 robins in the same photo.
European robin (Erithacus rubecula).

European stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)...

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Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus)
The first mistle thrush I have seen in 15 years of living in France!

As above.  It was far away and I thought it might have been a blackbird with the naked eye, only when I got home did I discover it was a thrush!


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Thursday, 19 November 2020

Photos taken while out on my lockdown walk.

They were all quite far so not the best photos.
We are only allowed out for 1 hour a day and we can go no further than 1 km radius from home.  We also have to carry a dated and timed certificate with us.  Fines are heavy if caught cheating!

Luckily for me, we have farmland all around us and I can walk without seeing anyone most of the time.
Woodlark (Lullula arborea)...

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European robin (Erithacus rubecula)...

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Great Egret or Great White Egret, (Ardea alba) - I could barely see these birds with the naked eye...

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They then decided to go even further afield...

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Sunday, 15 November 2020

With lock-down, once again photos from the garden.

This Great Tit (Parus major) does not seem to realise the effort I go to filling up the birdbaths with clean water several times a day!!!

On the edge of the pot of mint...

Checking out the muddy interior...

Getting closer...

Splish, splash...

rub a dub, dub...

Ha, so there, I do not need your clean water !!!!!

Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) on the window sill.

European robin (Erithacus rubecula),


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Thursday, 5 November 2020

Just a few of the garden birds - again!

All the following photos were taken through a not very clean window!

Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus).

Great tit (Parus major).

Eurasian magpie (Pica pica).

European robin (Erithacus rubecula).

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)...

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The acrobatic Blue tit...

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Common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs).



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Thursday, 29 October 2020

Still lots of tits but we did see the cranes as well.

Photography has not been easy, we have had dull grey days with lots and lots of rain!!

Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) hanging on the window shutters...

As above - on the window sill turning its back on me...

and looking around...

finding a wire to swing on.

Great Tit (Parus major).

Common crane (Grus grus). The main migration is October to December with them wintering at various places stretching from north-eastern France to Morocco, with various locations in between, however, the majority will probably end up in Spain.  We are lucky enough to live on their migration route.

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