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Watch the Birdie!

December 5, 2008

For a few hours earlier this year a select team of volunteers worked tirelessly digging in some old birch branches and some posts, in the wildlife garden at the Urban Wildlife Centre.  Why?  Well they were the start of the bird feeding station…

The birds are hungry!

The birds are hungry!

Time has passed, and the winter weather has been biting for a while now (as I’m sure you are well aware!).  The local birdlife has decided that now is the time to pay a visit to Dorset Wildlife Trust!   Read on for news of who has been seen recently…

The feeders are a mix of peanut and seed dispensers, pus a table for scrap and a nut/seed mix.  There is also a pond in the garden – handy for quenching one’s thirst, even in cold weather!

Robins are always hanging around, although I’ve noticed that we have one really dominant one at the moment – keeping all others well away from the table!

Rambo Robin - other robins beware!

Rambo Robin - other robins beware!

We’ve had a couple of blue tits around as well, but today I looked out and was amazed to see no less than 8 of them, all whizzing around on various feeders, the into the scrub, back onto the feeders – it was really hard to work out how many there were! 

Blue tit -one of the many..

Blue tit -one of the many..

Great tits are also out there of course, and I’m sure that today there were 4 of them.  They all looked a bit washed out, but I suppose that is just the winter plumage -or it could be that the light was bad!

Great tit - moving its head at just the wrong moment!

Great tit - moving its head at just the wrong moment!

The last of the tit family to visit today was the coal tit bunch.  These are great birds!  I’d always thought of them as a bit shy and timid, but have now seen them in a different light!  The 5 that popped in today were all really inquisitive, getting stuck into the feeders and generally exploring anything and everything!  Such great characters!

A coal tit staying still - for a nano-second!

A coal tit staying still - for a nano-second!

There were plenty of other bvirds out there as well.  Blackbirds stayed away from the feeders, content to patrol around the car park and fence area.  The nuthatch came over a few times – each time managing to time it so that I didn’t have my camera ready!  I’ll get a shot of it soon!  Dunnocks were also around, foraging on the ground along with the chaffinch flock, which now numbers about 20 birds.

Female Chaffinch - munching on a peanut

Female Chaffinch - munching on a peanut

Best bird by far though today was the most destructive!  It started on the feeders, and managed to make a hole in the wire mesh of a peanut one, then flew down to the base of one of the birch posts and proceeded to chip away at a rotten section!  It was of course, a woodpecker.  A male Great spotted woodpecker to be precise.

The woodpecker having a go at the wire..

The woodpecker having a go at the wire..

I’m sure these birds are all very grateful for the food, and I hope that the numbers will build as winter progresses – as it’s really satisfying to see that all the hard work of setting up the feeding stations was well worth it, not just for them but also for us!

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  1. December 22, 2008 9:30 am

    Great pictures. My birds have been eating me out of house and home in the last 2 weeks. They obviously know something I don’t! Jane

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