Thursday 18 February 2021

Food gap

As food runs out in the countryside, some birds struggle a bit until the glut in food arrives with warmer spring weather. Reed Buntings are one of those birds that can suffer during this food gap and they often turn up our little garden at this time. This male dropped in briefly to feed yesterday, under the feeders with the local Chaffinches. The feather edges on his head hadn't quite worn away to reveal his jet black hood, but he was pretty dapper anyway. In other news, 12 Goosanders on Church Ings, plus 10 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 3 Tufted Ducks and 2 Pochards. A pair of Oystercatchers arrived earlier this week and are noisily stating their claim to the ings. I look forward to welcoming the local Curlews back any day now.

Reed Bunting looking classy in front of larch lap fence.

 Goosander on t'Ouse

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