Saturday, 29 November 2008
One of those days that occur at this time of the year where it stays cold and misty all day. Probably because the Letchworth and District Astronomical Society is holding a public observing evening tonight.
Have not been out birding today, just stayed in the warm taking part in the Norfolk Ornithological Association Winter Garden Bird Survey. Nothing unusual so far, a maximum of eight Starlings, eight House Sparrows and six Goldfinch, plus a few of the other regular species.
Having spent the last two weekends in the Royston area I have realised that I have only been birding there twice-once in a failed attempt at finding a Ring Ousel about twelve years ago, and more recently in mid October for a long staying juvenile Red Backed Shrike.
This bird was photographed on October 13th with the 300mm vr lens and a TC17 converter hand held. As it favoured a small copse adjacent to several paths used by walkers it proved to be very approachable.