Tuesday 15 October 2019

Some weeks ago I was convinced I'd seen a garden dormouse sitting on our peanut feeder - but it was getting dark and I wasn't sure. Today, Christine spotted him and I managed to get a couple of photos. These are again taken through a window and it was getting really dark - hence the grainy quality.

Garden dormouse, Christophstal October 2019

Garden dormouse, Christophstal October 2019

Garden dormouse, Christophstal October 2019

Garden dormouse, Christophstal October 2019

Monday 14 October 2019
Middle spotted woodpecker, Christophstal October 2019

Middle spotted woodpecker, Christophstal October 2019

We haven't seen a middle spotted woodpecker from some time now, but we had one in the garden today. This photo is taken through a window so isn't perfect.

Sunday 13 October 2019

It was a beautiful, sunny and warm autumnal day and it was well into the 20's by the afternoon.

A buzzard was sunning himself near the house.

We went up to our fields to re-erect the bird perches knocked down by the cows. There are a lot of mushrooms about. We took the opportunity to get some close-ups of the parasol mushroom I photographed on Friday as it is now fully open.

We think the other photos are of the same species of fungus at different stages of development. I assume we're looking at a bolete judging by the thickness of that stem.

Up on the top field, there was a huge grasshopper-type thing. I need to do some research on what this is. It flew quite well and had large wings.

Once again, the bird cherry was buzzing with chiffchaffs and willow warblers, but today they were joined by a firecrest. He stayed long enough for me to get some decent photos despite the fact that he didn't stay still.

Just as I was about to switch my camera off for the day, two spotted nutcrackers flew past the window and one landed right at the top of the hazel tree.

Buzzard, Christophstal October 2019

Buzzard, Christophstal October 2019

Parasol mushroom, Christophstal October 2019

Parasol mushroom, Christophstal October 2019

Parasol mushroom, Christophstal October 2019

Parasol mushroom, Christophstal October 2019

Parasol mushroom, Christophstal October 2019

Parasol mushroom, Christophstal October 2019

Bolete?, Christophstal October 2019

Bolete?, Christophstal October 2019

Bolete?, Christophstal October 2019

Bolete?, Christophstal October 2019

Bolete?, Christophstal October 2019

Bolete?, Christophstal October 2019

Unknown grasshopper-type thing, Christophstal October 2019

Unknown grasshopper-type thing, Christophstal October 2019

Firecrest, Christophstal October 2019

Firecrest, Christophstal October 2019

Firecrest, Christophstal October 2019

Firecrest, Christophstal October 2019

Firecrest, Christophstal October 2019

Firecrest, Christophstal October 2019

Firecrest, Christophstal October 2019

Firecrest, Christophstal October 2019

Firecrest, Christophstal October 2019

Firecrest, Christophstal October 2019

Spotted nutcracker, Christophstal October 2019

Spotted nutcracker, Christophstal October 2019

Spotted nutcracker, Christophstal October 2019

Spotted nutcracker, Christophstal October 2019

Spotted nutcracker, Christophstal October 2019

Spotted nutcracker, Christophstal October 2019

Friday 11 October 2019
Parasol mushroom, Christophstal October 2019

Parasol mushroom, Christophstal October 2019

Mistle thrush, Christophstal October 2019

Mistle thrush, Christophstal October 2019

Mistle thrush, Christophstal October 2019

Mistle thrush, Christophstal October 2019

There are suddenly a lot of parasol mushrooms around the house. These are huge! Here's a photo of one taken from our window. This one isn't fully open yet.

There were also a few mistle thrushes hopping about out there too.

Sunday 6 October 2019

It was a really grim day today. It rained heavily all afternoon.

I spent some time watching the birds and it was an unusual day. We had a small flock of 5 song thrushes around all day. We also had a couple of chiffchaffs and a willow warbler - which was a nice opportunity to compare these supposedly confusing species. When seen together it is actually quite easy to tell them apart. I've included a photo of one of the chiffchaffs coughing on something that he's picked off a leaf.

I saw a lot of birds flying over the valley, seemingly migrating, including lots of swallows and house martins. I did suspect that this photo is of a sand martin, but I doubt it.

I've included a photo of a chaffinch which seemed to have a missing foot. And lastly, a wet coal tit and a wet nuthatch.

Coughing chiffchaff, Christophstal October 2019

Coughing chiffchaff, Christophstal October 2019

Chiffchaff, Christophstal October 2019

Chiffchaff, Christophstal October 2019

Willow warbler, Christophstal October 2019

Willow warbler, Christophstal October 2019

Willow warbler, Christophstal October 2019

Willow warbler, Christophstal October 2019

Willow warbler, Christophstal October 2019

Willow warbler, Christophstal October 2019

House martin, Christophstal October 2019

House martin, Christophstal October 2019

Swallow, Christophstal October 2019

Swallow, Christophstal October 2019

Chaffinch with missing foot, Christophstal October 2019

Chaffinch with missing foot, Christophstal October 2019

Wet coal tit, Christophstal October 2019

Wet coal tit, Christophstal October 2019

Wet nuthatch, Christophstal October 2019

Wet nuthatch, Christophstal October 2019

Thursday 3 October 2019
Chiffchaff, Christophstal October 2019

Chiffchaff, Christophstal October 2019

Chiffchaff, Christophstal October 2019

Chiffchaff, Christophstal October 2019

Bank vole, Christophstal October 2019

Bank vole, Christophstal October 2019

Black redstart, Christophstal October 2019

Black redstart, Christophstal October 2019

It was a holiday in Germany today so I had some time to watch the birds. I took a lot of photos but they were mainly of some chiffchaffs that have been pecking around the leaves on the bird cherry for the past week or so. Today there were at least three of them hopping around.

The only other photos worth posting were one of this bold bank vole who was eating scraps from under our bird feeders and one of the many black redstarts who were out and around today.

Tuesday 1 October 2019

I was surprised to see a common redstart today. It's usually about now that they disappear until spring. This is our first October sighting, although to be fair we have seen them on the 30th September before.

Male common redstart, Christophstal October 2019

Male common redstart, Christophstal October 2019