Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Changing priorities


Gosh that easterly wind is cold!

Today was about visiting and restocking all the local wild bird feed stations.  Harrington Airfield still had at least 2 Bramblings among the birds this morning, but a walk around the bunkers and top fields failed to connect with much more than a few singing Skylarks.

Several each of Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and Brambling remained at the Kelmarsh Hall feeders and a couple of Lesser Redpolls popped in to our garden at Hanging Houghton to feed on the niger feeders.  The feeders at Christies Copse in the Walgrave Bay at Pitsford Res attracted 3 Siskins this afternoon plus both Marsh and Willow Tit.  A third calendar year Yellow-legged Gull was the only bird of note seen in the gull roost by the dam at Pitsford.

Two malingering Red Kites at Hanging Houghton this afternoon reminded me of the days before the re-introduction of this species.  It was always from about this time through to the first few days of April that wandering Red Kites showed up in the county, presumed migrants from the continent. 

Even though the winter isn't over yet, many species begin to think about setting up territories and begin wandering in order to find and stake a claim to suitable habitat and a partner.  This may be just Great and Blue Tits moving out of gardens and back in to the woodlands, but many of the winter thrushes are contemplating moving back to the continent and tension between local rival pairs of Carrion Crow, Robin, Coot and other territorial species now begins to grow.


Neil M
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