Bird Blog | November
Welcome to our Winter Bird Blog.
The clocks have gone back and there are less daylight hours for the birds to feed and to put on some weight before the winter takes hold and food is hard to find.
The jay ‘Garrulus Glandarius’ can be seen at this time of year hiding items of food in different places in the ground, at the bottom of trees, just like the grey squirrel does in preparation for when times are hard and they can call upon these hidden gems to keep them alive. Magpies have also been seen doing this, and have also been known to watch grey squirrels only to steal their stash of food!
The fieldfare is a member of the thrush family, moderate in size reaching about 10″ in length. Black and brown plumage on it’s back, the wings and tail is shaded to a very dark rich tone and the breast is a lighter brown. It’s head and rump are grey. It is a winter visitor to the British Isles when it can be seen mixing with other members of the thrush family. During the winter it likes open areas and fields, the rest of the year it likes the edge of woodlands. Worms and insects form it’s main diet.
The water fowl are building up on the lakes as it provides a nice sheltered place to rest and preen, at present we have 26 Swans (adults), 6 cygnets, 2 Egrets, 10 Cormorants.
With large flocks of Teal, Widgeon, and Mallard present on the lake is is quite a sight when they all take flight. Water levels have remained the same and all the weed has now gone leaving clear water. The small birds – Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tail Tits, are now in big flocks and on the feeder around the gardens. Along with our Barn Owl, Tawny and Little Owl we have the Short-Eared Owls present which are nice to see.
Good Birding, and keep those feeders topped up and enjoy the birdlife in your gardens or in the wild.