Friday, 3 September 2010

Winter Feed

No you haven't slept through autumn and woke up in winter! The title refers to the fact that I put the first seed out at my feeding station on Rawcliffe Moss today. I don't intend to start any ringing at the feeding station until the end of October, but it takes a couple of months for the birds to find the food and for the flock to build up.

 Peanuts and Seed

After I had put the food out I had a walk round the Moss but it was quiet. A number of Swallows, 223 to be precise, were feeding over of the wheat and barley. This anticyclonic weather that we have at the moment tends to build Swallow numbers up. A few butterflies were on the wing including numbers of Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Peacock and Speckled Wood.


Red Admiral

Small Tortoiseshell

Walking through the plantation I was struggling to find any birds and all I could 'notch up' were 2 Willow Warblers, Blackcap and 7 Long-tailed Tits. Walking back along the track a Buzzard soared over head and 6 Curlews headed west. Back towards the car I flushed a Great Spotted Woodpecker from a tree and that was it!

 Afternoon 'arable' Sunshine

Ringing at the 'obs' tomorrow, so hopefully that will be better.


Kane Brides said...

I've done exactly the same today Seumus! Although it took me a while to find my old feeding station setup (at Shakerley) due to the growth of the vegitation! But cut back a little & feeders went up & seed down on the ground!!

Fleetwood Birder said...

It's both an exciting and depressing feeling I think. Exciting because you are thinking about all the birds you are going to potentially catch and dpressing because it means winter is approaching!