Another frozen day at the nature reserve

New Earswick Nature Reserve 18/01/2014 10:30-12:30

Another chilly day at the local site, and the pond was entirely frozen over.

IMG_0869Not that this presented an obstacle to the gulls, who simply stood on the surface:

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SONY DSCWhile there weren’t huge numbers of birds, there were Blue Tits, Great Tits, and Long Tailed Tits busily foraging around the cracks and crevices for insects.

SONY DSC ???????? ????????We never fail to see plenty of finches here either, and today was no different with small numbers of Chaffinch and Bullfinch. Unfortunately the light was fading as the snow showers closed in, and the birds were occupying space high in the trees. But it’s good to see these little groups happily settled in the reserve.

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Plenty of Wrens around, mainly heard but not seen (this applies to the Great Spotted Woodpecker too). But one popped out of some reeds for a morning preen.

???????? ????????There were also a couple of species I’d not previously seen here. One Reed Bunting (a solitary female) was skulking in the base of the reeds and I couldn’t get a picture. The other, a small group of Redwings, were sitting in the tops of the trees and, like the Bullfinches, hard to get a picture of.

???????? ???????? ????????There are of course Robins, Dunnocks, Wood Pigeons, Collared Doves and Magpies too. The frozen conditions had put most waterbirds off, but a single Moorhen was about.

It’s not just the birds. There was evidence of foxes, and it’s highly likely stoats and/or weasels are on site. Plenty og Grey Squirrels too, including one impersonating Marlon Brando in The Godfather:

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More ‘Don Carolinensis’ than ‘Don Corelone’…

That’s it for this post. Next time I’ll go into a bit more of the history of the site.

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