3rd December 2010 – Garden Big Freeze

My feeding station and garden is alive with birds at the moment, and with temperatures as low as -10 we have had one or two interesting visitors making the most of the continuous food supply and fallen apples. A cracking Brambling on the 1st of the month was quickly photographed, and whilst looking out of the window for it the following day I was amazed to see a Woodcock fly to the base of the hedgerow at the back of the garden! Eventually it emerged from the undergrowth and over the next few hours I was able to observe this species actively feeding out in the open for the first time ever – and even manage to get a few pics too. We used to get ‘roding’ birds where we used to live, and I’ve seen a few roosting birds in the past, but never seen one strolling around in the open before – always nice to get new experiences in birding. Another Brambling turned up later in the morning, whilst the Fieldfare is now fighting a losing battle trying to defend his apple tree against the rising number of Starlings, and up to 12 Tree Sparrows continue to visit the feeders.


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