Stags Lodge (Cuerden Valley Park) & On The Feeders – 14th April 2012


The sun was out so I decided to grab the camera when heading out with thedogs with the hope of getting a few photos of the current warblers on the localpatch. I heard a newly returned Willow Warbler on the edge of Church Walk Woodsand managed a few shots as it intermittently called and preened amongst the topbranches.



 ABOVE AND BELLOW WILLOW WARBLER
Heading around Stags Lodge I heard up to 5 calling Chiffchaff and 2 WillowWarblers the first of which I’d heard on Wednesday evening. What I didn’texpect was this Northern Wheatear at the top of the meadows which was soonflushed by one of the many dog walkers making the most of the great weather. Itwas easily relocated and I kept my own 2 away as I photographed it feeding upbefore it moved on. For the hour I was there it relocated several times to thetrees surrounding the meadows, a great patch tick and maybe a first for CuerdenValley Park.





 ABOVE AND BELOW NORTHERN WHEATEAR

Back at home the feeders seem to be very busy at the moment with bothGoldfinch and Greenfinch eating me out of house and home. Collard Dove andWoodpigeon are also regular visitors along with the local Blackbirds, Dunock,Robin, House Sparrow, Blue Tit and Coal Tit (the only place locally that I seeCoal Tits!)
 ABOVE MALE GREENFINCH BELOW FEMALE

 ABOVE GOLDFINCH BELOW COLLARD DOVE
 BELOW COAL TIT