Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Darts Farm - Penduline 'nearly' show!

Back on what seemed like very familiar territory today! A talk in Bristol in the evening had tempted me to 'overshoot' and pop down to Darts Farm, Topsham where the Penduline Tits had been showing really well for the previous two days.....

Every day is different however and I'd only been at the reed-bed for 15 minutes, when all three adults flew in, initially landing in the shrubs next to the hide!


They then dropped into the reed bed! Sadly keeping quite low out of view....


.....then almost immediately flying to the far side!


A couple of minutes later they flew high in the direction of Topsham! And despite staking the reed-bed out until 3.30, they never returned! With rain moving in, I moved out!

A pair of Stonechats were keeping the Chiffchaff company, occasionally sitting up well! Here's the male....




And the female....






Oh well, it could have been worse with a complete no show??

2 comments:

  1. Wish i had known you were in Bristol mate, would have come over to see you! Let me know next time your local....
    ATB for 2015 mate, sure i will see you soon.

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  2. All the best to you Gary! Already booked to go back on March 8th 2016 to do 'Jim's Big Year'. It's the Hawk and Owl Trust (S. Glos) who meet at Iron Acton. Our paths will cross soon.....

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