A week of screeching, sneezing and electric colours in Sherwood and Budby.
The marsh tits have been showing exceptionally well on the bridleway close to the visitor centre. Their call sometimes described as sneezing can often be heard!
They have been hanging around on the lower branches in a group of 3-4 feeding with nuthatches. They can also be seen on the bird table further up the bridleway or by the feeders at the Visitor centre.
Now a bird that we often see more of during autumn and winter, the jay! There have been absolutely loads of jays seen behind the playground near the visitor centre. As there’s not much food in the trees they have been finding food on the ground instead.
In autumn jays can store as many as 5000 acorns in one season; stashed in holes in trees or under leaf litter. On harsh winter days the birds return to find their hidden treasures. Even though they store so many they always manage to find a massive amount of them again – that’s some impressive memory!
Their call is often described as screeching so keep your ears open for that!
Our last bird of the week is the Siskin! Pictured below is the female, the males have a very similar plumage. Rocking some very electric greens and yellows which always adds some much needed colour to a drab winters day.
They have been making an appearance on the feeders next to the visitor centre and some have been seen in the Lesser Redpoll flocks over Budby and Northern Sherwood.
Big Garden Birdwatch
Don’t forget to get involved in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch next weekend on the 25th, 26th & 27th of January. All the data collected is extremely important as it helps the RSPB get a better understanding of the birds and wildlife around the UK.
Let us know what you see!
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