Bird visitors in the snow

December 23rd 2010

Bird visitors in the snow

The prolonged cold weather must be having a crippling affect on our resident and winter migrant bird populations. To survive the cold temperatures all birds have to constantly find enough food which is very hard when the ground is frozen and covered in thick snow.

The food we put out for the birds can be a life saver in this weather. Assynt Field Club members have reported long tailed tits, goldfinches and even woodcock as well as all the normal birds coming into their garden looking for food.

This Redwing was in Roger Glover’s garden on 17th December 2010 eating the birdseed he had scattered on the snow.

 

A. Summers

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Recent Sightings

Kestrel

Single bird hovering between road and waterfall, Clashnessie (Neil McCrimmon) (26/11)

Fieldfare and Redwing

A mixed flock of c30 fieldfare and c10 redwing in tall aspens, Nedd (Ian Evans). Mixed flock of 200+ birds over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (23/11)

Dipper

Single bird by River Inver, Brackloch (Carol Langford) (22/11)

Pheasant

Single hen bird in back garden, Nedd (Ian Evans).  Rarely seen in this part of Assynt (21/11)

Great Northern Diver

Single bird, Bay of Stoer (John Gilbertson) (21/11)

Redwing and Fieldfare

c80 birds in a mixed flock flying over the B869 by Rhicarn (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)

Dipper

Single bird in tree overhanging river Inver, Little Assynt (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)

Kestrel

Single bird hovering by roadside, Inchnadamph (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)

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