Sunday 29 January 2023

More Redwings

There were Redwings in three places today. Here is one dashing about the Parade Ground looking for worms and insects.

There were also some moving through the trees near the Speke obelisk, where I saw a flock yesterday, and a few in the tops of the tall plane trees beside the Albert Memorial, where I have never seen Redwings before.

Otherwise it was an uneventful day, with the birds kept in the background by the Sunday crowds. The usual crew turned up to be fed: a Chaffinch in the corkscrew hazel in the Flower Walk ...

... a Blue Tit just along the path ...

... and a Coal Tit near the Albert Memorial.

A Jay waited in a holly at Mount Gate.

The Black-Headed Gull with ring EZ73323 was on his post surveying the visitors as they went past speaking all the languages of the world.

The gull who owns the landing stage by the Diana memorial fountain was annoyed because two Canada Geese were standing on it and he couldn't get them off.

The lower ranking gulls who don't have private territories have made a terrible mess of the moored pedalos.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull chewed a blade of grass. Perhaps gulls, like dogs, eat grass when they have indigestion.

The Little Grebe was in the Italian Garden fountain as usual. Its three Tufted Duck companions were dozing, so it was fishing on its own.

After five unsuccessful dives it came up with something which looks like an insect larva.

This is one of three dark Mallard drakes with white bibs, probably siblings, which have been on the lake for several years.

A fine picture by Duncan Campbell of a Canada Goose taking off ...

... and a beautiful shot from Finland by Jukka Tiipana of a Pygmy Owl, looking annoyed because he interrupted it in its efforts to catch a mouse. These tiny birds, the size of Starlings, are never seen in Britain.


  1. I can't wrap my head about the idea of an owl the size of a starling! (although we do have bloodthirty predators slightly bigger than a sparrow, the several shrike species).
    So many redwings! I hope they're having a great survival rate.
    It's funny how all birds do the same when anxious: when in doubt, or nervous, preen.

    1. Yes, owls have a tendency to look bigger in pictures than they are. You notice it with pictures of Little Owls too. It's the fierce gaze, I suppose.

  2. I hear them when I am home in Belgium, never got the chance to see them though, same with the Tengmalm owls. Gorgeous birds.