Friday, 24 March 2017

Hawfinch & Red Kite

We had a trip to the lakes last week and a visit to Sizergh Castle to see Hawfinch. First morning there, they were a no show so I went back early next morning. There was a Hawfinch watch on that morning so to protect the birds the public were kept well back. One male and one female were seen feeding with Greenfinch. Unfortunately, I only had an hour so only managed half a dozen very distant shots. On the way back over the moors, two Red Kites were flying low over the heather. By the time I stopped the car I was only able to get shots of one of them, L0 which unfortunately has no name.

Female Hawfinch. Taken from distance so a large crop

You can just about see a male Hawfinch popping its head above the grass bank

Red Kite L0


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Far Pastures

Had a couple of days at Far Pastures last week. Pictures shown in the order I took them.


Mating Toads


Kite pulling shapes


Kite being chased by a Buzzard

Roe Deer


Male Reed Bunting


Female Reed Bunting


Sorry about the dodgy picture but it’s my first Chiffchaff of the year

Kite with lunch



Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Up onto the Moors

I had a drive up to Langdon Beck yesterday for the Black Grouse. Always too far away for pictures, I did however see three of them. There were plenty of Red Grouse around over the moors and they are always willing to pose for a few pictures. Mistle Thrush and Redshank were also nice to see and I could not resist another visit to see the Crossbills while I was up on the moors.

Mistle Thrush

Male Red Grouse

Male Red Grouse

Female Red Grouse


Siskin gathering nesting material

Female Siskin

Male Crossbill


Red Squirrel


Sunday, 12 March 2017


…I have the images I have been wanting for a long time, Crossbills drinking, Get In. There are quite a few images here not only of Crossbill but also of some of the other birds that came down to drink.

Male Crossbill

Female Crossbill

A male Crossbill took exception to a juvenile being on the same branch

So it chased it off

Juvenile Crossbill

One of three Redpoll

The second

And the third


Song Thrush