Showing posts from March, 2013

WWT Sightings and Garden Latest

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th March 2013
The bitterly cold weather continues but at least some of the bird arrivals remind me that it is spring. A trip to WWT Slimbridge this morning provided year ticks for Little Ringed Plover, with two on the Holden scrape, and an adult Spoonbill, feeding on the Tack Piece. A Common Scoter was distant on the river, one of two seen this morning, while 14 White-fronted Geese were on The Dumbles, and a Water Rail was showing well at Willow Hide. A drake Garganey seen briefly on the Top New Piece, however, eluded me.
In the garden, the male Hawfinch continues to visit, and I saw four, including at least two males, perched in trees beyond the bottom of my garden yesterday morning. These trees are at the edge of Dimore playing field. The general finch-feast continues in the garden, and a female Blackcap has also been seen recently feeding on the Mahonia flowers. Three Ravens flew over the garden heading east early this afternoon.
A walk around the Oxenhall …

Hawfinch and Other Garden Birds

Friday 22nd March 2013 The male Hawfinch has continued to visit the garden throughout the week, much to my delight. Some more photos here from this morning and also photos of some other recent regulars.

Hawfinch in Garden!

Thursday 14th March 2013
One of the Dimore Hawfinches finally ventured into my garden this morning. At just after 7.30am I glanced out of my kitchen window, and did a double take. A male Hawfinch was perched just above the seed feeder and soon alighted on it and began feeding. It then moved on to the bird table, which it vigourously defended, seeing off the much smaller Greenfinches and Chaffinches. There was quite a hard frost this morning, maybe this made the cherry stones harder to find under the Wild Cherry trees around the playing field. Or maybe the food supply is drying up. Either way, it was very nice to see it it taking advantage of the facilities in my garden. I got a few photos before having to leave for work.

Hawfinches Still (Still)

Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd March 2013
The Hawfinches remain at Dimore playing field, with occasional views in the trees beyond the rear of my garden.At least one of the birds, a female, is colour-ringed, with a red ring on the right leg and a black (I think) ring on the left. This is the bird in the top photo on my previous post. If anyone manages to note any colour rings on the birds I would be interested as this could confirm their origin. The most likely scenario is that these are Dean birds. The Forest seems very quiet in terms of finches lately, having made a couple of visits recently, and I understand that Beech mast crop failed, forcing birds such as Hawfinches, to seek alternative food sources elsewhere. The garden was certainly teeming with birds over the weekend. On Saturday, four Lesser Redpolls added to the usual selection of late. The full list for Saturday was:
Lesser Redpoll 4
Siskin 4 (3 males)
Brambling 2 (females)
Greenfinch 17
Chaffinch 22 (inc. the partial albino)