24 February 2013

Sightings from the week

The last week has been very busy with little time for birding, however, I've had a few noteworthy (just) sightings. From the car, I had 2 Mandarin over Walton-on-Thames on 20th, and a large flock (c.40, maybe more) Waxwings briefly in Victoria Road, Surbiton on 22nd. The garden has been busy. 2 (1 ad. male and 1 1st yr male) Blackcap are visiting the suet blocks (23rd and today), and Stock Doves have increased to 3 (21st and 22nd) and then 4 (23rd), with males now "singing" and one seen displaying to a female (well, presumably?) yesterday. Also 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers are now coming in along with 6+ Ring-necked Parakeets and up to c.8 Chaffinches. This morning a Carrion Crow hoovering up crushed fat balls on the lawn was the first time I've seen one actually in the garden, but a Mistle Thrush passed through ignoring the feeders. Magpies are now carrying nest material.

Adult male Blackcap, 24 February

1st yr male Blackcap, 24 February - note the brown forehead feathers
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Stock Dove, 22 February

1 of 4 Stock Doves visiting the garden, 23 February

Adult male Ring-necked Parakeet, 23 February

Adult female Ring-necked Parakeet, 23 February

Adult female Ring-necked Parakeet, 23 February

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