Robin on Watch

Friday, October 7th 2016

Today’s been a busy day on the bird feeders, with sightings on the Field Centre garden feeders of lesser redpoll, brambling and tree sparrow! A thank you to Colin for filling the feeders again today – all of them this time, ready for bird ringing at the weekend (pop along on Sunday morning if you’d like to watch).

Regular readers of the blog will not be surprised that today we worked on the heath! The aim is to remove the trees invading this habitat, to keep our heath and its heather. In the past some trees have been cut rather than being removed completely and so have grown back multi-stemmed, with a strong root system as demonstrated here by Roger:

We had a new volunteer with us today too – Charlie, who will be coming on placement from his course at Askham Bryan. After a tool talk and demonstration of the job…

…he got stuck in to the task on one of the most overgrown areas of the heath, bordering the woodland.

Our work on the heath was under scrutiny today: We were being watched by this robin, hoping we would turn up something tasty, perhaps a worm or two… The photo shows its ring, probably put on in our ringing room.

In other news, please don’t forget to book your place for our October Worky Day – it’s only a week away (Saturday 15th October)! We need to know if you’re planning to come so we can order enough lunch! You can book through our events page: http://www.foxglovecovert.org.uk/events/


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