Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Feathered Foragers

Now that the breeding season for birds is drawing to a close, the main activity is feeding.
Adult breeding pairs need to recover from the rigours of parenthood. Immature resident species need to fatten up for the Winter. Migrating species need to take on board as much fuel as possible especially the first year types prior to leaving.

I have shot a few general images of what I observed on a walk this week.

The Bullfinch certainly enjoys Rowan berries.







The Blue Tit likes them also, as well as Elderberries.





The Blue Tit can also be observed in groups along with the Long-tailed Tit below.





The Spotted Flycatcher needs to take on fuel for its journey to Africa.............




............ as does the Whitethroat.............


...........and the Willow Warbler





Its a good time to observe many species now, as from what I have seen they are more approachable because they are too busy eating.

27 comments:

  1. HI Roy You certainly saw a lot of birds eating berries. Looks like a great crop of berries this year. Nnow I wonder what that means weather wise!

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    1. Thanks Margaret, yes I wonder as well.{:))

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  2. Lovely photos, I must look more closely at the rowan trees, elderberries still aren't ripe in this area though.

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    1. Thanks D, yes the Bullfinch were difficult to find to start with.

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  3. I can't wait to get a break from decorating and go for a birding walk Roy. Our female blackbird with the injured leg is looking much better. I think she has been recovering after two successful broods and although she limps, she is able to stand and looks stronger.

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    1. Great news about the blackbird Suzie.
      Which to do, Birdwatching or decorating. Hmm let me think.

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  4. Bonjour Roy
    Quelle formidable série.
    je rêve devant ton Bullfinch.... extra !
    Bonne journée cher Roy

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  5. Great shots of the bullfinch! Gr. John

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  6. Great photos Roy, I watched several Blackbirds gorging on a Rowan tree a few days back, they really are filling up!

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    1. Thanks Pam, I must keep an eye on those trees as you never know what I may see next.
      There are three trees at this location and I haven't seen so many berries on them as this year.

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    2. It's a good year for them in general I think, the trees here are laden!

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  7. Lovely pictures, great to see plenty of berries for our feathered friends to eat. My Dog rose is loaded with rosehips. I wonder if there is a bumper crop of acorns this year, I have noticed some trees here ladened with them and the sloes are ripening, plenty of those too, especially for those who like to make sloe gin as my mother does :-)

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    1. Thanks Lyn. Yes I have seen masses of acorns already.

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  8. Lovely photos...the orange berries are so vibrant, and the clumps of elderberries are so pretty. I love watching the birds eat berries as autumn comes along. In our yard, we have a huge stand of pokeweed berries, which attract Cedar Waxwings and Catbirds. I always know autumn is near when I start hearing their calls in the backyard.

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    1. Thanks Kelly, I would love to be able to see Waxwings on a regular basis.

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  9. Cor, you don't half get a great variety of birds there, I'm envious! Lovely photos and nice knowing there's plenty of wild food for them. :-)

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  10. I unfortunately had little time to photograph birds last time but I enjoy here a couple of beautiful pictures. Bullfinches and tits d have photographed exquisite.

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  11. Hey Roy... Wonderful shot's I just wish they didn't look so Autumn-ish, yikes!!
    Elderberries aren't ripe here yet, but I have noticed so many berries and apples just hanging from the trees.

    Great catches with all those nice birds. I really like the ones of the Bullfinch.

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG, yes I think autumn is upon us almost, maybe a bit early.

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  12. A great variety of birds Roy and well done getting the Spotted Flycatcher and Whitethroat shots :-) The juvenile bullfinch was also lovely to see :-)

    Hope you are well and kindest regards

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    1. Thanks David, yes I was pleased to see the Flycatcher.
      I normally catch a few at this time on their journey South.

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  13. So pretty!... Specially those images with the colors green and orange...

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    1. Thanks Ana, the green will soon disappear unfortunately.{:))

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