Thursday, 18 October 2018

Stonechat and Whinchat

A  few distance shots I was able to grab this week of the Stonechat and Whinchat that have returned to the Parkland for the winter months.

Whinchat

Whinchat

Whinchat

Stonechat

Whinchat

Stonechat

Note: I am having major problems with this blog at the moment. I am not always able to reply to comments or comment on other blogs. Apologies for that. I am working on it.

Monday, 8 October 2018

A Late Chiffchaff

Walking around the Parkland today I observed a Chiffchaff amongst hawthorn branches. 
He was busily feeding away on insects and elderberries, moving quickly between the twigs to search for the next meal. I mentioned 'Late' in the heading as I would expect most Chiffys to have departed on migration by now, although some remain in the Southern part of England over winter. 
I just got the impression that this one was feeding up as much as possible for his onward journey.
















Monday, 1 October 2018

An Autumn Woodland Walk

Leaves are turning now as we change to the Autumn Season.
A walk through the woodland that I visit mostly during the Spring and Summer reveals some interesting colours already.



A few wild flowers like this Common Fleabane still provide a little colour.



With the Hazel tree most of the nuts have fallen and the leaves are turning.


Wild Mint Flower



A few Butterflies remain on the wing. 
Mostly Speckled Wood and Whites, Large and Small and Comma were observed.



A Cricket hopped across the track.
My learned Advisor informs that this is a
male Dark Bush-cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera)




Just to add a different look to the scenes I have posted a few Sepia shots.









Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Linnets by the Sea

A good place to find Linnets during winter is along the South Coast which is where I found these. 
They were busy finding food and moved around in a small flock of about 20 birds.