11 March 2015
A lot of tame small birds..............
There were lots of small birds at Onuma on Monday morning.............
In the small clearing where the tame tits and nuthatches come to be fed there were 3 Varied Tits, 4 Nuthatches and 4 or more Marsh Tits.
I haven't seen so many Varied Tits in this place this winter: a pity as they are the most photogenic of the bunch.
One of the three was tame and comes readily to the hand, the others not tame at all.
The 500mm f4 is not ideal for these types of situations (rather heavy and the MFD is not great) but I'd left the 100-400 at home.
There were 4 Nuthtaches, 2 squabbling pairs................it must be near the edge of their territories. The dominant pair do not come to the hand though.
The 'Marsh' Tits were also aggressive to each other. Could it have been a pair of Marsh and a pair of Willow? They look so similar, I really have to sit down and work out how to ID the latter. these will stay as 'Marsh' for now but any opinions/corrections would be gratefully received. Their caps don't look glossy but that could just be the light (it was dark and misty).
We also saw huge flocks of Redpoll and Hawfinch around, birds are on the move and spring is on the way.