Queueing for the feeders: lone coal tit

Queueing for the feeders: lone coal tit

The bluetits and great tits had been monopolising the bird feeders at Northycote Farm for a long time. A pair of long-tails had put in an appearance, though their minds did not seem to be focused on eating. Finally, this single coal tit also arrived, but not for long. here it was pausing to check out safety before grabbing a little seed.

Perils of riverside life

Perils of riverside life

Horse’s hoof bracket fungi growing on a fallen log by the riverside footpath at Bridgnorth. When I took these shots, the river was high but not quite overflowing. Water level was about a metre below these fungi. But it must recently have been high enough to submerge them, leaving some of its sediment behind as a layer of mud.

Perils of riverside life

Black swan portraits, Bridgnorth

Black swan portraits, Bridgnorth

The Severn was high at Bridgnorth, so the shingle between the old bridge and the Bylet was completely submerged. As usual, a big group of birds hanging round there, hoping to be fed. The black swan was surrounded by the flock of mallards and hybrid geese. But there was always clear water around it for getting lots of portraits without other birds intruding.

Is it gargling?

Is it gargling?

Several times, this muscovy duck would take a mouthful of water from the edge of Perton Pool. Then it would hod its head right back for perhaps half a minute before repeating the process. it didn’t seem to be in any distress. Was it gargling?