Wednesday morning started off with a surprising garden tick.I'd gone to put out the bin for the dustmen when I spotted this Greylag Goose strolling across my suburban front garden in Knowle and into my neighbours where it settled down for a stay for most of the day.
As soon as it was obvious that it would be bright day I decided to have another go at the Firecrest in Earlswood and try and beat the crappographs I got the day before in dull conditions. Shouldn't be too hard.There was one problem it had not been reported on Birdguides so was it still there ?
Parked up in the pub car park at just before mid day and soon found some birders in the coppice who confirmed it was still about.There then followed an enjoyable couple of hours trying first to spot it and then to try and get some shots.Luckily it was still singing which helped a lot trying to locate it.
After a couple of hours I'd taken loads of crappographs including numerous empty twig shots but also managed some better ones.
Just as I was about to give up it landed fairly close for a few seconds and I managed some better shots.
I was pretty chuffed with these shots till I was shown the shots a young chap had taken.He had a pretty small lens as well.He had found it on the bank of the stream where it perched only a few feet away and he got some great shots of it singing out with it's crest up.Superb shots.