Thursday, 14 January 2010
Took a very slippery drive up to StithianS Res yesterday morning, although the road out of the village was fine as I got onto the backroads I encountered a lot of black ice. Anyway I made it without incident, Although most of the cutoffs were frozen over and not a lot of birdlife around on the water. So spent a time observing the feeders in the Southern hide, mostly it was common stuff but I did get the first Gt Spotted Woodpecker of the year. Then it was back to a small electricity sub station near the res, as the fields here normally contain my favourite wintering Thrush the Fieldfare. I still needed some decent shots of this bird, and they are normally very weary,so having set up the tripod close to the fence I was soon rewarded with a couple of these beautiful birds reasonably close. So spent the next 30 minutes taking a lot of photos , and have included a few below.
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER.