18 Dec Birding

As the recent cold snap has gone (for now), on a sunny, mild day, birds were active in the woods. Species seen were Treecreeper, Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits feeding in the trees. The milder weather has increased bird song so besides the usual Robin’s song, Coal Tit, Nuthatch and Stock Dove were all calling. Up to three Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen with two birds posturing and posing at each other from the same branch. These were two males obviously disputing a territory and looking very stiffed and longed necked as they challenged one another. Other species seen were Woodpigeons and Jackdaws.

After leaving the wood, behind Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, a small flock of 30 Fieldfare were perched on one of the large trees.


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