Saturday, 9 December 2017

Incoming cold weather


Jacob reported that Pitsford Reservoir seemed quiet today but he still found a third year Caspian Gull, a Great White Egret, a Shelduck, eight Pintails, two Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Raven and a Grey Wagtail. Eric Graham visited the Titchmarsh Reserve today and saw a Great White Egret there too plus a Redpoll.

I spent some of today topping up bird feeders in anticipation of the severe frost tonight and snow during the early hours of tomorrow. Whilst doing so I heard a Hawfinch calling at Scotland Wood (Kelmarsh Estate) and saw a Siskin and a Woodcock there. Nearby there was a flock of at least twenty Siskins at Kelmarsh Hall.


Neil M

Great White Egret.
Freezing temperatures
and ice may well displace
our wintering GWEs onto
streams and brooks...

Male Siskin on a nyger
feeder. These small finches
can turn up on garden feeders
at any time of the year but
the late winter/early spring
is the period when they flock
to feeding stations.

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