Well Kevin turned up a rather nice mid-winter surprise last week, when he found a Serin lingering around an uncut crop field in Axmouth.
It took me about a week before I had the chance to get to it, but when I did it didn't take much searching although my views were distant. Great to get my third patch Serin under the belt, all of which have been between Nov and Jan which isn't at all what you would except for this central and southern European breeder! Delighted that Phil was able to see this one, having missed the previous records.
|A dreadful photo but if you squint you might be able to make it into a compact yellow-tinted streaked finch!|
|That's a bit better! A typical Serin head and bill shape with a nice glint of yellow on the nape|
|Always great to see good numbers of birds these days - whatever the species!|
|A gaggle of Egyptians! |
|Actually enjoyed watching these. Just about annual on the Axe but never predictable. Can appear in practically any month!|
|This bird kept disappearing under the solar panel, either looking for food or an attempt to keep warm early on this frosty morning? Strikes me as a great roosting spot!|
Unusually it feels like January has been and gone pretty quickly this year, so it won't be long until we are all out looking for our first Wheatears!