Saturday, 21 November 2015

Stonechat Returns

Last Autumn we were fortunate to find a male Stonechat on the Parkland where I visit regularly.
It remained over Winter and as it was quite approachable, was photographed by most of the local Birders and a lot of interested public as well. It left in the Spring of this year and probably headed North to the Summer breeding grounds.

Recently a pair of Stonechat have taken up residence in the same area of the Parkland.
Obviously we can't say its the same male who has found a mate and returned to its wintering ground, but one would like to think so.

Female

Male

Another image of the female

35 comments:

  1. Would be be nice if it was the same one brought a friend back. But nice regardless.

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  2. Super pics of this cute bird! Are granddad's duties done for now then? :-)

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  3. It's funny how plump they are but nice at the same time. :)
    Great depth of field!

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    1. Thanks Petra. Yes small birds tend to plump up their feathers in the colder weather so as to keep warm.

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  4. Hi Roy, love these birds, we often see them at Morden Bog where my partners goes for a run and I go for a walk :-)

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    1. Hi Lyn, we are lucky to get them here, thats why we make a lot of fuss about it really.

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  5. they are lovely little birds...... except when I'm looking for Darties and they getting my hopes up :)

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  6. I always love seeing these birds and they usual oblige by sitting on a fence to be photographed. great shots Roy

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    1. Thanks Margaret.
      Yes the female was more approachable than the male this time.

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  7. It's a shame the male isn't ringed, then you'd be able to tell for sure. Great images of this lovely little bird.

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  8. Interesting name, I wonder how it came to be? Pretty little bird and great photos Roy. How nice that it doesn't flit away as quickly as other birds.

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    1. I don't know about the name Denise, their song doesn't reflect it anyway.

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  9. Tes photos sont jolies comme tout, surtout avec les baies sur les branches.
    Bises Roy

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  10. Hey Roy... Nice to think that's a possibility it's it. Love the first one!!

    Grace

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  11. Really beautiful pictures of this beautiful Stonechat.
    Also a compliment to your new layout. This is really nice and looks warm :-)

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  12. Super pics Roy and fantastic news that Stonechats have again returned to your 'home patch'. It certainly does make you wonder whether the male is the same bird as last year!

    Hope you are well and that the recent grandparent duties all went smoothly :-)

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    1. Thanks David. Yes well and all duties completed thnaks.{:))

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  13. Beautiful shots Roy, they're lovely birds. - Tasha

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  14. It is nice to see that you have a bird that likes the area in winter.

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    1. We have quite a few winter visitors Steve. This one is really welcome.

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    1. Merci Marine. Oui, le Tarier pâtre.

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  16. What a cute little bird!...
    Amazing shots!... I loved them all!...
    Hugs
    Ana

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    1. Thanks Ana, yes a favourite amongst the local Birders at the moment.

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