Saturday, 23 February 2013

Chasing a Bee....

Sunshine and Siskins.    Or....


Sunshine, Siskins.            Hmmm.....     chores.

So I decided to go for Siskins in the sunshine.

They were hanging about between some tall alder trees and the thistle seed feeders at Burton Mere Wetlands. They were coming down to the feeders next to the path allowing for some close up shots...

In the bright sunshine they looked stunning. Colours vibrant for the upcoming breeding season. The males in particular were smart looking birds, they were engaging in some branch acrobatics to impress the nearby females...

However the females were having none of it. They remained unimpressed preferring to preen and scratch while the boys showed off...

But as impressive as all this was to look at, the sound is what was most impressive for me. The males were giving it some serious beans with the display calls. A sort of buzzzzz. Like a tuneful white noise, like an electronic bee getting chased.... inside a jar.

Chores can be done after dark when pictures can't be taken, right?


  1. Perfect shots Matt. They really are such colourful little birds, and in the sunshine they remind me of Canaries.
    I had 50 of these beauties in the garden yesterday. The sound was deafening lol

    Last line sums it all up perfectly. :-)

  2. Cheers!

    These guys wouldn't look out of place somewhere tropical!


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