Saturday, 31 January 2009

Calm after the storm



After the superb birding in Kuwait, the rather dismal weather in Britain seems to have quietened things down here at home. Having dropped my daughter Ava off in Enfield this morning, I had a quick glance at William Girling Reservoir on the way home, from the very distant viewpoint of Mansfield Park in Chingford, and single Black-necked and Great Crested Grebes and a drake Common Goldeneye were just about discernable.

At home in the afternoon, a motionless passerine silhouetted in the beech tree suggested just one species: Blackcap. Perhaps to conserve energy, this species seems far less active in winter, and birds are not inclined to move much once they have found somewhere to feed. I have had both male and female Blackcaps visiting the garden since mid-December, and with other local sightings there are perhaps up to five or so in the area. I didn't photograph today's bird, but the above image was taken in the same tree earlier this month.

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