Happy New Year! Well, it most definitely feels like winter, and there’s even been a sprinkling of snow.
I’ve spotted a lot of field fares this winter, usually on the arable fields, but on occasion in my garden, pecking at the remains of the fallen apples under the apple tree.
They are large, colourful thrushes, a little like mistle thrushes in behaviour and size. They normally arrive in the UK in October and their numbers increase as winter progresses.
On my bird-feeders this winter there’s mainly been blue and great tits, house sparrows, robins and the odd chaffinch and gold finch. I also see a lot of wrens, they like to hang out my the garden pond.
Make sure you remember to feed the birds in this cold spell- and also remember to regularly clean your bird feeders and put out water.
28th to 30th Jan is the RSPB bird count- do get involved, see link for more info https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch
Happy wild life watching!