I spent a nice hour on Sunday afternoon from 4:00pm-5:00pm watching the birds at the feeding station. There must have been 20 Siskin feeding for all they were worth. Lots of Blue Tits, Great Tits and a coal tit, plus one solatary Long Tailed Tit ( I thought that a bit unsual as they normally feed in family groups) and a number of Chaffinches.
Yesterday, Saturday, we topped up the Niger and other seed feeders, but by 4:00pm Sunday they were nearly empty. I topped up with what I had, but if anyone is going down this week can you take some food with you, especially Niger and peanuts.
I have put an empty container at the back of the feeding station near the top of the steps for contributions of bird food for which we are very grateful. (The birds would want to chirp in their thanks also.)
If we think the feeding station is busy now, what will it be like when the Redpols get back and some cold weather comes.
Whether you are someone who is an expert or a novice birder, or even someone who dosn't know one bird from another, let me encourage you to come and enjoy nature at its best. To sit in the presence of wild birds and watch their behaviour is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling things we can do. Pack your butties, fill your flask and make a date with nature. If you can't identify what it is you are looking at there will be someone there to help you, and if there isn't just enjoy it anyway.
We have a lot to look forward to down at Cromwell Bottom and much has been done in the last 12 months and I would like to say a big thank you to all the people who are working and donating in so many ways to show what a special reserve we have.