Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Spangled Lady, pretty baby!

Further up Bransdale on Sunday we saw plenty of Red Grouse, most seemed to be males and they were usually elusive in the pretty poor light, it was raining most of the time.

I thought I saw a Grouse sitting in the heather, pulled up sharply, but could not find it!. Finally, after searching it was there. Pat could not see it which is unusual its normally the other way around (there's an admission).

I took a good few shots, it was at some distance, it sat tight, it was raining, the male was pulling at the heather some way behind, what eye wattles, didn't sit up for any pictures, too far off. The lady did move in the end.

What weather must they tolerate in the winter, too say nothing of _ _ _ _!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Road side snack bar!

We took a trip up Bransdale today went through Kirbymoorside up to the Dale. There have been Waxwings in the town these last few weeks and a few miles up the road before we got into the dale two birds were spotted by Pat at the top of conifers in a farm garden. By the roadside was a small ornamental berry tree that seems to be favoured by these birds and sure enough after a few minutes they flew down into the berry tree.

This happened twice whilst we waited in the car at the other side of the road. The light was poor, so the pictures are noisy, it was raining but a great treat again.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Finally _ _ _ Waxwings

Sorry for the lack of recent posts, I have been out and about the last few week-ends but keep missing out on the birds I have targetted. It also seems we have spurned some cracking light traveling in the car and by the time we arrive its clouded over, or the quick shopping trip to be followed by birding that becomes a long shopping trip!

Anyway following the influx of Waxwings into the uk and particularly in a number of spots in N Yorks nearby like Kirbymoorside 20 miles away and even in East/West Ayton where I live (whilst I am stuck at work) I read of 17 birds at Malton about 16 miles away yesterday morning and within 90 minutes we were there and soon located 6 birds on the edge of a car park and feeding on berries to the back of the George Hotel.

They were a little high most of the time and fed briefly a couple of times on the berries before flying off after I had spent 30-40 minutes with them. So off to the supermarket and by the time I am out again its clouded over!

Brilliant birds, great light, my best shots to date of this species, I hope to catch up again with Waxwings  before too long.