Sunday, 17 January 2016

Spotting Diary: Sunday 17th January 2016

Our walk this lunchtime took us along a public bridle way which winds its way through some of the agricultural land between Fordham and Soham in Cambridgeshire before returning back towards Fordham.  The weather was cold around 4 degrees C, cloudy but dry and with just a light breeze.

On one of the ploughed fields just off the main road were a lot of Fieldfare's.  Up until a couple of weeks ago we had never seen a Fieldfare 'in the flesh' before, we had been away from the UK for 10 years up until our return late in August, now we getting to see lots of them.  We met a local farmer along this same walk a couple of days ago and he told us that they had only arrived here in the last 10 days and are regular visitors to these fields.

I don't always take my camera on our walks, as sometimes it is nice just to walk without looking at every potential photo opportunity so have only managed to get a couple of shots of a Fieldfare, in very poor light, but they are my first photos to go with my first sightings.

Being part of the Thrush family the Fieldfare is about the same size and shape but has a couple of distinguishing colours, one being the blue/grey head and the other is white underparts and underwings.

Both male and females have the same colouration, the only colour variation is that the adult birds have slightly more white around the flanks in winter, with more dark chevrons appearing in summer.

Further along our walk we disturbed a Kestrel that had been perched on a bush.

Then darting across the road in front of us was a Brown Hare, by the time we had reached the part of the road where we had seen it, we could see it hammering across the open field.  This is one animal that I have yet to get a photo of, one day.

Walking along part of the Bridal Way lined with bushes we spotted several Blue Tits hopping around looking for insects and chattering away to each other.

We then spotted another Kestrel which we had disturbed from its vantage point on top of the one of the trees.

Several of the hedgerows are made up of Blackthorn which is already covered in blossom and has been for a couple of weeks now.  At the base of the hedgerows are some large patches of Periwinkle covered in their blue flowers.

We saw several male and female Blackbirds hopping around the hedges they look like they have already paired up for the coming year.

Walking back through the village we spotted several gardens with daffodils and narcissus in bloom as well as the light purple/pink flowers of the Elephants Ears.

There was one very large Wood Pigeon pecking away at something on the grass verge and as usual loads of Collard Doves sitting around watching the world go by.

There were also a lot of groups of Gulls flying high over head, maybe a sign of how unsettled it is on the coast at the moment.

1 comment:

  1. I love fieldfares, I tend to think they are more robustly built than the average thrush. Not seen any yet this winter, not for certain. Going to look for some in next couple of days while it is cold.