Saturday, February 09, 2008

A Day In Bed(fordshire)

Long-tailed Tit collecting moss for nest

We had quite a nice day today, despite staying within the notoriously bird-free boundaries of Bedfordshire. We started off at Swiss Gardens, Old Warden. It was full of birdsong, including Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Great Tit, Robin and Wren.

I found myself paying close attention to the luxuriant ivy that grows up many of the trees there. Eventually our searching paid off and the Firecrest was relocated several metres off the ground. Firecrests traditionally join roving flocks and choose low-level foraging, but this one has a head for heights and prefers its own company.

We also encountered that well-known woodland bird, the Mute Swan. There was the rhythmic 'whoomph-whoomph-whoomph' of swan wings, followed by a loud crash as one of a pair collided with a tree on its way down to the lake. Fortunately it seemed uninjured and permitted us to herd it towards the water.

We stopped off at the 'Raptor Watchpoint' on our way westwards. A burst bin-bag of glamorous shoes on the roadside intrigued me; it was hard not to imagine who they'd belonged to and why they'd been abandoned in the middle of nowhere...

Darren's written about our day on Bedsbirds.

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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