Thursday, 30 November 2017

Thank you SUMA!

We had a good surprise when David found several sacks at the gate last week - our friends at SUMA Wholefoods had left us a very generous donation of sunflower seeds for our winter bird feeding supplies.

We - and the birds - are really grateful, so thank you very much!

A sunny, chilly work day

Well the sun was shining, but it didn't ever really shift the frost. Despite that we all got stuck in - working to keep warm I suspect!

Welcome to new volunteer Martin who soon got busy with filling the bird feeders at the cabins and at the viewing area. Some work also got done down there to tidy up the logs and feeders.

We did a big clean up around the cabin, inside and out, which all makes it a welcoming place for Sunday visitors and weekday volunteers alike.
David and his team were occupied with their usual assortment of drills, hammers, wheelbarrows etc on "major works" to improve our storage and organisation.
A litter picking walk was also a good chance to see five Hooper swans fly over the reserve and to spot the giveaway signs of a sparrowhawk kill on the wildflower meadow.




Finally, the wildlife is now moving in.... 








More volunteers are always welcome - when are you coming down?

Sunday, 26 November 2017

It was freezing in the viewing area this morning.  I've just begun to thaw out whilst looking at this morning's shots.  A wren made a brief appearance in a great spot on the logs but was chased off by a dog entering the viewing area - so frustrating but there's always next week!

A trio of nuthatch shots from today:




The middle one is my personal favourite.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A few shots from earlier whilst down at the viewing area.  It was a tad cold there at 8:30 this morning but lots going on.  I'm very pleased to have got a reasonable shot of a wren, albeit on the feeding table.  I would have preferred a more natural shot but will more than settle for this.








Saturday, 18 November 2017

I just couldn't resist... what a poser!


















The light wasn't great but the experience was.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

My family and I have been visiting CBNR a lot over the last few weeks.  Here are some of the birds we've seen down at the viewing area or around the cabins.









... and a comical one of a duck taking off from the canal (well it tickled me anyway)


We became members today and so we'll be posting more in the next few weeks.  Enjoy.

Cheeky Visitor to the Feeding area