Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Unusual Garden Drop-ins

Great Spotted Woodpecker (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Stock Dove (c) 2009 David Ware Yellowhammer (c) 2009 David Ware
I mentioned in my previous post that the cold weather often brings unusual birds into the garden, and at least this seems to work in the Wetwang area. Stock Doves & Yellowhammers don't normally visit David's garden, but the snow did the trick. The white of the snow seems to enhance the delicate colouring of the Stock Dove. Similarly, the Blackcaps continued to show in Hutton Cranswick & Beverley after the snow. Unfortunately, this Boxing Day the Central Asian Lesser Whithethroat failed to turn up in this garden! In fact we didn't have anything out-of-the-ordinary apart from larger quantities of the birds we have all the time: 36+ Goldfinches, 8 Chaffinches (3, is usually the maximum), even 5 Grey Squirrels (3, is again the normal max), plus 4 Dunnocks, and at least 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers etc. However, we did have a Redwing, which stayed all of 2 minutes today - the first one we've had for at least 5 years, actually it's probably much further back in time than that.

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