Lots of activity in my garden this week and some good light to go with it. Best of the bunch was this lovely female Bullfunch, accompanied by two suitors!
One of two male Bullfinches in my garden recently
Goldfinch in the snow
A Goldfinch in my garden during the brief spell of snow last week.
Lots of snow around Dartmoor this week but highlight for me was this very obliging Treecreeper that landed right in front of me in my garden
One of my resident Nuthatches from last week
Wishing all my Flickr friends a wonderful Christmas and a New Year full of photo opportunities
Apologies for my recent absence, I've had very little time with my camera recently. Here's one of my resident male Bullfinches in my garden back in July.
Staying with the theme of juvenile birds, here's a delightful Goldfinch not long fledged and still being fed by it's parents (missed the shot of that unfortunately)
Blue Tit (juv)
Still lots of juvenile birds in my garden, the Blue Tits are particularly numerous
Great Spotted Woodpecker (juv)
Couldn't resist posting another shot of one of my two resident juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers posing beautifully for me in the rain last week.
Lots of youngsters in my garden at the minute and lots of shots to show you, here's a starter for 10 - a very handsome juvenile Greenfinch
Great Spotted Woodpecker (juv)
I'm overjoyed to have this fledgling GSW visiting my garden regularly this week, hoping to get a shot of him/her with a parent. Grabbed this shot in fading light having waited an hour for him to appear.
A very pleasant morning last week spent with these beautiful and rare Butterflies at my local reserve in West Devon
Large Red Damselfly ♂️
A male Large Red Damselfly resting on a Bleeding Heart in my garden this week
Great Spotted Woodpecker ♂️
Pleased to see this male visiting my garden regularly at the minute, hopefully he's raising young and he'll bring them along when they've fledged!
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My resident Bullfinch is still visiting my garden regularly, hoping they will bring Juveniles soon
I found a pair of Wheatear last evening on my local patch, in the same location as the Redstart, hopefully I'll be able to find their nest site.
A second visit to Wembury on the Devon South coast and lots of Whitethroats showing well and being very vocal, a real delight to see and hear.
Common Redstart ♂️
A solitary male Redstart has returned to the same location as last year on the Moors. Hoping that a female joins him and they nest again.
Finally managed to get out with the camera last weekend and had a close encounter with this Whitethroat on the coastal path at Wembury.
A minor altercation between two Goldfinches in my garden recently.
The female Bullfinch made a brief appearance in my garden this week.
Another shot of my resident male Bullfinch posing nicely for me.
Nice to see a pair of Stonechat out on the Moor in bright conditions this week, the male showed nicely for me.
One of two resident male Bullfinches in my garden at the moment.
Great Spotted Woodpecker ♂️
Finally managed to capture a fleeting moment with the male Great Spotted Woodpecker in my garden in decent light.
Another shot of one of my resident Long-tailed Tits during a brief spell of half decent light!
I managed a brief spell in my garden hide over the weekend in some decent light for a change. Pleased to see the Goldfinches returning along with Greenfinches and a single male Bullfinch (pics to follow hopefully).
A surprise visitor to my garden just before Christmas, a first for me, not taken in the best of light but this shot shows off beautifully the white eyebrow that distinguishes it from a Goldcrest
A very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all my Flickr friends, see you all in 2018.
Another angle on one of my resident Long-tailed Tits.
Sorry for the lack of comments recently but my Mum is in hospital at the minute so I've not had much time. Hopefully she's on the mend.
These little chaps have started coming to my feeders recently, only had one chance to capture them so I was pleased this one landed and posed for me!
These little guys are regular visitors to my garden but I haven't posted a shot of one for a while so here's a Coal Tit posing nicely for me.
Blue Tit (Explored 16 November 2017)
Some nice Autumn colours around over the last couple of weeks which set off this Blue Tit rather nicely
A shot from back in May of the male Redstart I was watching, flying away from the nesting site just as the rain began.
A third shot of one of my resident Nuttys, not had much time to catch much else recently but I've seen a male GSW occasionally!
Landing gear down (Explored 30 October 2017)
One of my resident Nuthatches coming in to land
A pair of Nuthatches are visiting my garden feeders regularly at the moment with lots of photo opportunites, this shot a typical Nutty pose!
A Jay from back in May, flying over my garden
Robin (Explored 16 October 2017)
A Robin from my garden this week, still waiting for the Woodies and Jays to start coming to the feeders!
Apologies for the lack of comments recently, I'm having to spend a lot of time with my elderly Mother whilst she settles in her care home.
It's that time of year again to get my garden bird setup up and running again. Hoping to get the Woodpeckers and Jays back but for now here's a Great Tit.
Peregrine (Explored 4 October 2017)
A very vocal Peregrine over Wembury Point last week
An Oystercatcher amongst the rocks on Wembury beach last weekend
Redstart ♂️ (Explored 24 September 2017)
A shot from back in May of the male Redstart I was watching up on the Moors.
A lovely Yellowhammer out on the Moors back in August, the first time I've managed a close shot of this species.
Pied Flycatcher ♂️
I'm delighted that this shot of a male Pied Flycatcher, taken back in June, has been chosen along with another shot of a female Redstart in-flight for the Devon Birds exhibition at Torre Abbey, Torquay in October. If you're in the area please pop in and have a look at all the great images on display.
Three Tortoiseshells (Explored 4 September 2017)
Lovely to see improved numbers of Small Tortoiseshells in my garden recently, these three enjoying my Buddleia
Another take on one of the Small Coppers on my local patch at the beginning of August