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Bird Visitors in the snow - Assynt Field Club

Bird Visitors in the snow

December 23rd 2010

The prolonged cold weather must be having a crippling affect on our resident bird populations. To survive the cold temperatures the 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 is a picture of a Redwing taken by Roger Glover in his garden on 17th December 2010.

Redwing feeding on bird seed
Redwing feeding on bird seed

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