Saturday, 31 October 2015


Football with Joel this morning so little time out in the field. I was able to nip out the back of our house for the Serin at dawn this morning, and again late this afternoon. At one point the bird flew towards Nick and I and fed on weeds right in front of us, down to about 15ft. Unfortunately the goal-netting scuppered any chance of a photo. It can be surprisingly elusive in the sallows at other times though. I also managed to get it on the house list today - call only. It's going to require a lot of luck to see it from where we are because it seems to stay tucked away in its chosen little corner - not visible from the house.
Around midday my good mate Martin Wolinski popped in for a cuppa and brought with him a moth that I've never managed to trap before - a Brick - a big thank you Martin! I also managed a quick scoot around the Bristol Schools Camp mid-afternoon but only managed the probable 'Continental' Coal Tit and a handful of Goldcrests - a few of which were strikingly grey-headed and therefore presumably 'Continentals' also.
Finally a lightening quick stop in the Maer Long-stay Carpark produced 2 Firecrests - good birds for there.

Presumed 'Continental' Goldcrest - although the photo doesn't show it, this bird's grey head contrasted markedly with its bright golden-olive mantle.
Also seen on Warren View today - at least 2 Chiffchaff, 2+ Siskin, adult Mediterranean Gull and 4+ Redwing.

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