Today I want to tell you all about a feeding station I put up in my local patch I couple of weeks ago, I'll be telling you more about this over the next few weeks but I really hope it is going to be something special. The friendly farmer who lives not to far away gave us special permission to put up the feeders in one of his private woods. As we approached the feeders today there was a Buzzard getting mobbed by crows.
I got some great footage from a female Sparrow Hawk today, I don't see where she came from, but I suddenly caught a glimpse of her grabbing a Starling. The Starling had joined a Fieldfare and Redwing flock, so I am just glad it didn't catch the the Fieldfare or Redwing. As soon as the Sparrowhawk had caught the Starling, the crows started mobbing the Sparrowhawk.
You have to go along side a train track to get to the feeders, which gives me a view of a collection of holes which I am pretty sure is a badger sett.
I have put the feeders in a very good place. The feeding station itself is in the canopy of the trees at the top of a steep valley. Beside the feeders there are several dead trees that tower above the feeders, which are really good for woodpeckers. I am doing a special project on Great Spotted Woodpeckers, however Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers have been seen here, so in time I hope I manage to see one on my feeder. But more on Operation Woodpecker coming soon.
The birds love the feeders already. There are a lot of Great Tits about, in fact at the moment, I would say there were more Great Tits than Blue Tits.
Today was really about putting all three of my nest boxes up, next time I come (probably tomorrow after ringing) I should really put some more cover on them.
I wasn't tall enough to put the boxes up, so my dad gave me a helping hand of putting them up for me. Although he did slip and fall and roll done the bank. Mum walked away so dad didn't see her laughing.
The wood seems to be full of Long Tailed Tits, they absolutely adore the nut feeders.
Lovely little birds to watch...
What an end to a busy but brilliant day!