15 Jan 2010

Redwing in Ruscombe

I did mention earlier this last week advice from the RSPB about feeding the birds - see here -it is also in such harsh weather that we get unusual visitors - well this little fellow - a redwing is mostly seen in the winter and is the UK's smallest thrush.

Photos: pics from my garden

Apparently these fellows roam across the UK's countryside, feeding in fields and hedgerows, and rarely visit gardens, except in the coldest weather when snow covers the fields. Only a few pairs nest in the UK. Migrants arrive from September, with most in October and November. They leave again in March and April, although occasionally birds stay later.

Also saw those deer again - they are regular visitors but somehow they look even more magnificent in the snow.

Bird Watch at Hamwell Leaze

Tuesday 19th January, 11am to 1pm

A firm favourite amongst the seasoned twitchers as well as the complete novices. You can see kingfishers, dippers, jays, great spotted and green woodpeckers and song thrushes. The site includes a steep slope and a muddy, wet willow copse. Wellies recommended. No toilet facilities or refreshments on site. Free event, donations always appreciated. Meeting Point:Hamwell Leaze Greenspace. Turn right from Cashes Green Road into Hyett Road. At the end of Hyett Road, go straight into Walter Preston Court. The greenspace is at the end of the cul-de-sac. For details please contact Ivi on 753358.

1 comment:

mrs green @ myzerowaste.com said...

How lovely :) We had a redwing in our garden this week too. It's the first one I've ever seen. I never knew they arrived only during snow - thanks for the info :)