Past month has seen our garden, particularly the nijer feed, been dotted with Siskins, with the highest single count being eight. Equally as abundant and plenty in number are Lesser Redpolls...still no Mealy.
All photos taken through kitchen window:
Record shot of Long-tailed Tit passing through the garden yesterday.
A few days ago we were visited by what I presume is the 'normal' Lesser Redpoll. Very approachable, it clearly showed orangy-buff colour on the underparts. Just yesterday, however, another redpoll was noted, but showed a completely different colouring to the breast - bright red, utterly different from the bird spotted a few days earlier. We've had Mealy Redpoll a few years ago in our garden, during the 2010 winter snowfall. Could this bird be one?
Came across two birds in one day, first at San Damianu and then at a garden in a mountain village. The Corsican race shows brownish/buff tones to what are white on nominate race. Both photos are of the Damianu birds.
These birds are one of the most abundant raptors on the island - a day can not be spent without seeing one! They are of no race, but show a great liking to the island - being prsent in mountain villages to beaches. Often seen in twos.
I came across a lone bird on a mountain walk en route to San Damianu, which i cat at most presume is a juvenile/female bird. The Corsican race nigrostriata shows heavier streaking on the flanks. Any views or ideas of the photograph would be greatly appreciated.
I came across this bird once only on the island, and even then, I would never had suspected this bird. In fact, I thought it might have been an immature flycatcher sp., mainly because of the bill shape and that the only other birds present were B. Spotted Flycatchers. Thanks to Dermot for assuring the ID.