Thursday, 10 December 2015

Feeding Station birds


Not much new to report today but Neil Hasdell was at Pitsford Reservoir at lunch-time and saw a Great White Egret and a drake Smew in the Holcot Bay.

Cathy Ryden was at Pitsford yesterday and spent some time photographing birds coming to the feeders at the Old Scaldwell Road feeding station, and the below Tree Sparrow images are the result. Today Cathy enjoyed watching a female Brambling on her suspended feeders at Guilsborough and managed an image with her bridge camera via the window...


Neil M

Tree Sparrows at Pitsford Reservoir.
The feeding station at the Old Scaldwell Road
has been managed for over twenty years now
and was originally set up to support the
local Tree Sparrow and Corn Bunting
populations. The Corn Buntings have
sadly disappeared now but we still enjoy
a healthy but nomadic Tree Sparrow population.
How long we can hang on to our Tree Sparrows
is anyone's guess. Despite similar commitment
this species has absented itself from the
Summer Leys LNR and even Rutland Water
despite the provision of food all year round
and plenty of nest-boxes.

Female Brambling

All images kindly provided
by Cathy Ryden.

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