The entrance track to Blackwater Arboretum .
You can see all the lovely orange fencing marking the out of bounds areas.
The three people in the distance beyond Bun are also birders, of which there were surprisingly few on site. Seven I think including us. There were scores of non-birding visitors though it's an extremely popular spot.
Typical views of the the birds in the top of a Douglas Fir.
(actual views were clearer than these naff photos would suggest, but you get the idea)
Apparently this tree is over 80ft tall!
Just a tiddler then, because that makes it around 300ft shorter than the tallest Coast Redwood in California!
Here's the rest of it along with a taller specimen alongside.
This appeared to be one of the Hawfinches' favourite trees, with seven in it at one stage. There are two in it in this photo I've over-sharpened them so that they stand out if you view the full size photo.
Closer view of the bottom bird. This was digiscoped from the same vantage point. Amazing reach!
Because I didn't get the photos I'd have liked it gives me the perfect excuse to give another airing to the one I took in Norfolk almost two years ago. I can still vividly remember the excitement and sheer joy of seeing my first Hawfinch especially so when looking at this photo.
Another remarkably uneventful dog-walk today, few birds seen and nothing of particular note. This afternoon I also popped 'next door' to have a look around the harbour. Just the one Common Sandpiper on show here catching and eating Ragworms although they seemed to be attempting to fight back!
This Ragworm kept wrapping itself around the birds bill, but it was eventually swallowed. I couldn't get an un-blurred shot as my camera simply isn't fast enough to cope with movement in the poor light we had this afternoon. Fortunately though after swallowing this tricky customer the bird had a bit of a rest....I grabbed my chance.