Friday, 16 April 2010

Friday at the Flicks (Chaffinch, Dunnock)

It has been difficult recently to get clean audio on taking video outdoors as the wind seems to be ever present. There have been several songsters around recently but I did manage to film a male Chaffinch singing towards the end of the day.

A couple of days ago I watched a Dunnock as it spent several minutes preening.  One thing I noticed on the close up was that when it stretches its wings it wasn't just having a good stretch but it was a way of tucking the wing under the lower layer of feathers so it could preen them. Every now and then the camcorder took a battering from a cross wind.

Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you. I am hoping that the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland will produce some interesting sunsets like the ones we got a few years ago when a certain oil depot went up in flames.


  1. Your videos are always enjoyable. I especially like the ones where I can hear the sound as well as watch the bird. Most of your birds I only know from books.

  2. That Dunnock certainly put a lot of effort into his preening. Fascinating to watch them.
    Have a good weekend John.

  3. Thank you Mick. I am trying to build up a library of the local songsters as it seems to be the only way I will learn which song goes with which bird.

  4. Hello Keith. The Dunnock spent ages preening. As you say they put a lot of effort into making sure the flight feathers are in good condition.

  5. Glad I caught up, spends more time on his ablutions than I do.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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