Monday, 7 November 2011
Some raptors and passerines photographed at Brockholes Wetlands over the past week
November 6, 2011:
Kestrels are frequently seen hunting over the damp grassland on the Reserve whilst in good weather Buzzards thermal over the adjoining woodland. The Hobbys have long since departed south but Sparrowhawks can occasionally be seen.
[One of the ever-present Kestrels hunting over the marsh]
[A Common Buzzard making use of the thermals]
[A distant and distinctly bedraggled over-flying Sparrowhawk]
Flocks of Goldfinches feed on the thistle and burdock seed-heads and Meadow Pipits and Stonechats are also present, the latter often perching prominently.
[A small flock of five Goldfinches feeding on burdock seed-head]
[Meadow Pipit at the car park]
[Stonechat near the quicksand pool]