Some days a little something can happen, that really pisses off my whole day. I shouldn't let these little things get to me, but yesterday was one of them; hence no post.
Today is another; but I'll post.
I've made another lemonade bottle nyger seed feeder; the Mark 2 version, with proper perches. I put that up this morning, so we'll see how this one goes.
The Crows and Magpies made short work of the biscuit this morning, along with an extra treat, a couple of handfuls of grapes. They went in about 10 minutes.
The Mallards were under the bridge, and after feeding them, I made my way round the north lake. All the regulars about, apart from seeing a Kingfisher, and a couple of Green Woodpeckers doing the cross bill swordfight routine. Unfortunately by the time the video camera had kicked in ready, they'd stopped, and decided to eat ants instead.
Past the pub, the Mallards caught up with me again, and then the Crows further along.
At the far end of the lake, a healthy looking population of Moles seem to be in evidence. Let's hope the 'slaughter brigade' don't insist on a cull of these little animals, because they make the grass look 'untidy'.
I found a pair of Magpies busily nest building in one of the trees, and it will be good to watch their progress.
Unfortunately, the one's that were nest building in one of the trees in front of the houses will not be so lucky.
Despite being reassured any nesting birds would be left alone, (the law), their tree has now become a large stump, and probably later today will become shredded, like the rest.
Back at the feeders, they were quite busy; until I got the camera out, and then they all hid. Never mind.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 35
(regarding the proposed slaughter of the Cormorants, urged on by a petition handed in by 16,000 fishermen, I feel an e-mail is needed to the RSPB, to get them to organise a counter petition on behalf of their million plus members. As a paying member of this bunch, I think it's about time they started speaking up on behalf of some of the birds in this country, and taking some action here, rather than getting too involved in overseas issues. Charity should begin at home. If anyone else agrees, why not drop them an e-mail too. I've searched all over their website for an e-mail address, and the best I can find is a link. http://www.rspb.org.uk/contactus/form.aspx?subject=0&f=1 They don't make it easy to get in touch with them.
Or phone: 01767 680551 That's their headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire)