Redpolls and more…

Monday, February 6th 2017

In true British style, today we’ll start another day by talking about the weather: It was another frosty start, with ice coating the vegetation.

It melted as the day went on, but remained very chilly. However, and moving away from weather, it has been another good day for bird watching, with feathered folk flocking to the feeders! Brambling are still around…

...and the niger seed is popular with siskin and goldfinch…

…as well as redpoll, who can also be seen tidying up seed spilt on the ground. The feeders outside the Field Centre kitchen seem especially popular with these often overlooked little finches.

But look out! We’ve been seeing two species of redpoll! There’s our ‘normal’ redpoll (until recently known as lesser redpolls), but also mealy (or common) redpolls. Mealy redpolls are winter visitors to the UK and are larger and paler. Our ringing team has fitted rings to both species recently, so we can show you a nice comparison – on the left a male (lesser) redpoll, on the right a male mealy redpoll:


(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:


Leave a Comment:







Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

The following question is designed to make sure you are a real person and helps us cut down on spam.
Your comments will appear here once an administrator has reviewed them.

How many hours in one day? (2 character(s) required)


Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

South Durham University of the Third Age

Posted 21st May 2018

To prove that there is always something new to find at Foxglove, today we had a return visit from the South Durham branch of the…

Read More

Where to Start?

Posted 20th May 2018

The sun and warmth are bringing everything out and it is a joy to see the reserve turning colourful after what, to me, has been…

Read More

Working Together

Posted 19th May 2018

Careful organisation and everyone working together we were able to hold our Birdsong Breakfast and complete CES 2 today.  Huge thanks to everyone involved, your…

Read More

Birds and Birders

Posted 18th May 2018

Picking up from Wednesday's blog, we were waiting for the group of Guides from Leyburn to visit the reserve that evening.  Ten Guides and two…

Read More
 
 
 

Sitemap | Accessibility Policy | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions |