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Birds with a Twist

Sunday, March 18th 2018

Last week I mentioned going shopping for our fund raising over Easter.  I can now give more details.  There are three owls that need a name.  Grumpy Wise Owl with hat and scarf, Mischievous Owl with big eyes and Sleepy Little Owl.  There will be a list of names for each owl and for a £1 you can choose a name.  The winning names will be announced after the holidays.

Owls

Also mentioned last week was the nest box season.  There is still time to Adopt-a-Box for this breeding season.  There are details about the scheme on the Support Us page on the web site or in a leaflet available in the Field Centre.  A display about the nest boxes will be on show in the Field Centre from Wednesday, along with Guess the Name of the Owl.

There are various boxes available for different species.  Some birds like to make alterations to make the box just right for them.  A Nuthatch has made the hole smaller by adding mud to the opening.

Nest Box with adaptation

Blue Tits often use the boxes,

Blue Tit

as do Coal Tits.

Coal Tit

And another one of my wandering thoughts when I looked at these photos, taken by a drone flying high over the reserve, was that some of our birds must also have this bird's eye view.  This is the Stone Circle on the far moor, in summer!

The Stone Circle

The wetland can really be appreciated when seen from above.

Wetland


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