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Hungry Birds

Friday, April 5th 2013

No sooner have the feeders been filled but the birds are quickly back emptying them. The cold weather is bringing a variety of species to the back garden of the Field Centre. The homemade fat mix is a favourite of the Blue Tits and the Long Tailed Tits.

Blue Tit

The Coal Tits are happy to feed from feeders and on the ground.

Coati

Putting out a selection of food draws in more species. The nyger seed attracts small finches such as Siskin and Lesser Redpoll. Goldfinches love this too and small ready filled feeders are now available to buy from the Field Centre for only £3.

Lesre

Many visitors have reported seeing Reed Bunting in their back gardens. These are found mainly dining on the tubular seed feeders.

Reebu

Peanuts are favoured by the Great Spotted Woodpecker and occasionally a Nuthatch will visit too.

Nut feeder

Nearly all of the birds photographed here have BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) rings on them. If you find a dead bird with a ring on please report it on the BTO website.

Finally, the winner of the Easter competition is Viv Winter. Only two people managed to get all 40 answers correct. Viv Winter and P Illingworth. These names were put into a hat and Viv is the lucky winner. Tony & Lilian Cooper and Brian Hird all came a close second with 39/40 and Suzanne Welch, Chris Carruthers and Jo & Sue Poynton all came third with 38/40. Pat and Glennis already have another quiz in the pipeline for later in the year. So far these quizzes have made over £160 for the reserve. Thank you to everyone who has taken part.


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