Returning in a bit of a hurry (had to pick the good lady up) from the works end at Marston on 5th March, and approaching the five bar gate area I saw six small finches in one of the hedge bushes. They didn’t seem to want to move off and were singing a tune I didn’t recognise as I approached, and I managed to walk right under the bush without them appearing nervous. Once on the sunny side (it was late p.m.) I turned and knocked off a few shots before rushing to the car. Later I checked one of the images and decided it was a female Lesser Redpoll (common things happen commonly!), posted it as such on the LBC site and thought nothing more. A response from Neil Smith several days later indicated that it was a Twite and as I only saw this response last night on my way to bed I checked the other images and a bird song CD and sure enough my first Twites from Marston! They aren’t on the “Birds of Marston” Systematic list so is this a first for Marston?

A couple of images:IMG_7701 IMG_7707

And a shot of the Raven that came croaking out of the mist over the leek field a few days earlier:




4 thoughts on “

  1. Absolutely extraordinary find David !
    I had a single Twite in very adverse weather many many Years ago, so it is on the systematic list , but nonetheless a great find for Marston ! Well done

  2. Great record anywhere inland,let alone Marston,keep us informed if you find them again.p.s.Good to see you putting stuff on here! regards,Dave.

    1. Yes I’m a member on so many forums, mostly photographic, that I’d never got round to posting on here. But with an interesting find like the Twites I had an overwhelming desire to share. Unfortunately I didn’t realise what they were until several days after so I didn’t get round to letting everybody know.

  3. Great stuff David and please keep posting on here mate am sure we all want to see more of your great images and star finds!!! 🙂

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