As everyone no doubt knows this weekend is RSPBs big garden birdwatch when you report the birds seen in your garden over an hour period. I sat down after topping up the feeders and getting rid of my own and next doors cats (not literally). I don't get anything too exciting in on my feeders with only having a back yard with a few feeders on a tree and some seeded brown bread and suet scattered on top of my shed. Sightings across the hour included 1 Dunnock, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Robin, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Starling 5 Blackbird and 1 Song Thrush. Though I don't keep a 'back yard list' the Song Thrush was a first, feeding on the bread and suet. Anyone wanting to take part in the survey can find further details here RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
On the way home we decided to call back in at Preston Docks and see if the Iceland Gull was back. After a five minute scan and a long look at a juvenile Herring Gull it finally turned up on the water amongst c50 Black-headed Gull. Unlike previous visits to see the bird when it seemed to keep itself to iteself on this visit it seemed to be quite aggressive often using bullying tactics to obtain a quick meal from other Gulls.
ABOVE AND BELOW JUVENILE ICELAND GULL @ PRESTON DOCKS
Things have been very quiet on the birding front so far this year for me with just a trip out on New Years Day along the Ribble Estuary with Colin Bushell and friends which I didn't get around to blogging but was a great 4 hours birding and a quick trip up to Fairhaven Lake to see the Red-necked Grebe. On Friday the 21st I was working away in Southampton and had just shut the boot on the car when I heard what has become a familar call over the last few months. It didn't click at first what the call was but as I turned to look in the nearby trees I counted 12 Waxwing. Now I've wanted to see Waxwing for years and last year was the first time I managed this with the large influx in the Preston area but Southampton was the last place I suspected to see them and without even trying. The light was great and they didn't seem to be bothered by the workers that were smoking almost under the trees. My next thought was to get yet some more photographs but as the title suggests...................
It was late afternoon when Mrs G and I arrived at Fairhaven Lake with our 3 border collies. The plan was to walk the dogs and hopefully get a few shots of the Red-necked Grebe that has been on the lake for about a week now. It was quite distant when we arrived but I managed a few shots before the boys decided they'd had enough and wanted to move on. It turns out these were my best shots even though I got closer views as I left but with the sun going down behind the sand dunes I struggled to focus in the fading light. At least a few record shots more than I got when one visited Brockholes on 10th May 2009.
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