Ruff at Attenborough

I recognise this Ruff from previous occasions because it has a damaged left foot but this time I was able to get some better pictures. It was in the’Ridge and Furrow’ field, created to have shallow water separated by mud banks to encourage waders.

Attenborough in Autumn

A couple of young kestrels hanging around the box in which I think they were hatched provided the best spot of my excursion to ANR today.

The one in the doorway is a male, as seen by its grey head, and the other one, having a brown head, is a female. I managed a couple of individual shots as they took other positions.


Other spots included a flight of three swans in the air and a green woodpecker having a good time probing the waterlogged turf for (presumably) ants – hence the muddy bill.


I was pleased to see this male GS Woodpecker on the feeder post this afternoon and took a few photos with my new camera. It may be one of the youngsters seen in the garden over the summer.

We are getting many Goldfinches, mostly juveniles, on the feeders on our apple tree.

Green Birding

A visit to Old Moor RSPB Reserve in Yorkshire yielded sightings of some ‘green’ birds if only in name…….

Above – a Greenshank – below – a Green Sandpiper

And finally an emerald green Kingfisher. Not the best picture but it fits the ‘green’ theme.

On the numerous feeders near the visitor centre I had good views of chaffinches, goldfinches and bullfinches (no green-finches!), a wren, a reed bunting, a robin and a mouse! In the shallows a snipe, 6 dunlin and a couple of little ringed plovers made up a good bag for the day