Monday, November 05, 2018

πŸ“– #62 ~Bearded Reedling 🍁

🍁🌞14C Monday November 5th 2018 ~ With a few chores to complete today, I decided to stay local beginning at Napton Churchyard shortly before 10am. A particularly mild morning overcast with a light breeze from the south.

On arrival a number of Redwings departed from the nearby treetops, leaving a couple of bold and quite vocal Mistle Thrush. Three Greenfinch and a small group of Chaffinch, which contained three Brambling, including a stunning male.

I sat for a while on the churchyard benches, where I'd sat on many occasions with the recently departed Richard Mays. In fact, I'd only been with him a few days before he passed away, enjoying brilliant views of a Yellow-browed Warbler at the marina. I didn't know Richard outside of the local birding community but met up on numerous occasions while out birding the locality and at Brandon Marsh. I liked Richard, he had a great sense of humour and I'm sure he'll be sorely missed by many, including me, RIP Richard.

Record shot of Great White Egret as it drifted over the reservoir to the south-west.
A couple of Ravens cronking overhead before I departed for Napton Reservoir, arriving just as the sun had begun to break through the cloud. I made my way down towards the top reedbeds and while here a number of Fieldfare and Redwings, plus what seemed like a constant passage of Skylarks overhead. In fact, it was while counting a group of 11 birds overhead that I noticed a large Egret heading at height towards the south-west. A Great White Egret, which I followed before finally losing sight.

Stunning male Bearded Reedling at Napton Reservoir
After a short while some absolutely stunning views of a pair of Bearded Reedlings, which at one stage came so close I had to step back to focus! Also of note during the visit a count of (36) Common Gulls on the water, plus (17) Lapwing and (4) Siskin over.

More images of the Napton Reservoir Bearded Reedling....

Female Bearded Reedling

Almost the 'money' shot!