I moved from Tan Hill back down to Newbiggin-on-Lune first thing Monday morning. I’ve walked up Smardale twice and have so many pictures that it’s difficult to know where to start.
It is a beautiful place…………as usual all images will enlarge and my identification will leave much to be desired. I’ll do my best.
These are a flock of predominately juvenile Goldfinch……….they were an amazing sight. There are two distinct flocks that are separated by about a mile or two. Quite how proper birders count them I can’t fathom. There are fifteen or so in the last picture there were at least three times as many in this Hawthorne and three more of the adjacent bushes were full…add the seventeen that were scattered around nearby fences……….and there are a hundred and fifty two in this flock. Exactly! There, that’s how I do it. The racket they were making was tremendous which is more than can be said for the light it was awful.
I cheated a bit here and e-mailed a picture of one to Keith at HOLDING MOMENTS. He kindly confirmed my guess. He didn’t confirm the quantity, he confirmed the Goldfinch bit. Even a birder of his renown would have difficulty assessing numbers from a picture of one sitting on a twig.
Now it’s out with the wild flower book for some serious perming of one from another.
The sunny pictures were shot on Monday and the dull ones yesterday. I only just made it back before the rain. Only just is fine with me………….I’ll post this and start on part ‘B’.
I must be on form today as I’ve tagged the ones I’ve posted……….with little stars not by name……..that would be worse than useless. See you again in a while.