This afternoon I visited Christies Copse which is a small plantation in the Walgrave Bay at Pitsford Res. The name of this area was suggested following the retirement of the first Wildlife Trust warden at Pitsford, Cliff Christie and his wife Joyce. During the last two winters we have been maintaining a wild bird feeding station in the copse, supporting woodland species in the main.
After filling up all the feeders I decided to sit down on one of the log piles and see what appeared. One of the first was a splendid cock Pheasant, together with plenty of tits and other common birds and as many as 12 Siskins. A scurrying noise on the opposite log pile turned out to be an inquisitive Weasel which mostly ignored me!
Other birds noted today included 2 Bramblings at Harrington Airfield this morning and 2 hunting Barn Owls at Blueberry Farm, Maidwell this afternoon.
|Siskins - female to the left and male to the right|