June Jamboree

June has been quite fruitful for wildlife watching – and it is only the 16th! Less common species seen in the garden have been a couple of house sparrows and a male bullfinch. The sunshine encouraged a couple of birds to sunbathe; dunnock and blackbird in a rather contorted fashion.

 

 

A number of young members of the tit family have visited the feeders, including this young blue tit.

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The yellowish tint is typical of juvenile tits. Hope you like improvised  perch to facilitate access to the fat/seed cage.

These are some of my spots on a walk down Attenborough NR on 15th. It was a bit blustery and the sun came and went but there was plenty to see – especially Canada geese who seem to have bred abundantly.

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I was surprised to see a pair of tufted duck occupying what was a coot’s nest near the visitor centre. Let’s hope they have success. It looks like the red crested pochard pair might be queuing  for when the nest becomes vacant!

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I think these are  gadwall ducklings with mum but it is difficult be sure as most female ducks are very similar.

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I took a shot at some movement in the undergrowth which turned out to be a white-throat clinging to a cow parsley stem.

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This grey heron stood for a long time opposite one of the screens. It caught just one small fish in the time I watched it. I makes a change to have a contrasting back-ground which, I think, sets off this specimen quite well.

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