Sunday, May 03, 2015

Bank Holiday Weekend...

Not much birding done yesterday apart from a couple of Bunty walks and a very short seawatch. Most of the time was spent gardening and cutting grass, which I'm pleased to have done looking at the weather this morning.

In our back field there is a bit of set aside arable land in the shelter of the tiny wood next to our garden. For weeks now a flock of Linnets have fed there, and there were still 100+ this morning. While I scanned through them for something a bit more interesting ( there rarely is anything with the Linnets) a flash of bright yellow caught my eye. Not the expected Yellowhammer, but a lovely male Yellow Wagtail, with two Pied for company.

I took the dog home all of 20 yards, picked up the camera and came back out to find the birds all flying around. Luckily the Yellow Wag, dropped in reasonably close to where I stood and fed, nervously, for five minutes before taking off to continue its migration.

Its nice to see one on the ground here as most of my birds are fly overs...

Some of the Linnet flock still not away breeding...

Yellow Wagtail about to drop back in...

A vision in yellow...

And off he goes...
 114. Yellow Wagtail

3 comments:

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

You are finding yellow wagtails and linnets together too; Cotham Flash paddocks here features 5-6 wagtails, with flocks of 20 linnet in the same field. No wheatears for me yet though.

Johnnykinson said...

WOW. The new header's a bit errrrrr bright !

Countryside Tales said...

Cracking photo of the YW taking off. Have not long got back from a dawn-start breeding bird survey for the BTO- heard plenty, didn't see much! CT.