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Winter Birdwatch

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

During the months of January and early February 2021, while most of the nation was staring at the four walls of their rooms during lockdown, Finch, our resident woodsman

Merlin (Image: David St Louis)

was out in the woods observing its inhabitants. And it was like Piccadilly Circus. Among the birds observed in his informal survey were the merlin, the nation’s smallest falcon, chasing blackbirds. There were also several sightings of marsh tits - tricky to identify because they look so like the fast-declining willow tit. Walking through the woods disturbed a number woodcocks, sending these ground birds shooting out from the vegetation. Treecreepers were climbing the bark of trees upwards, nuthatches heading down. The nuthatches also left their signature in the crook of branches in the trees: the shells of the nuts they’d found. One of the noisy but publicity-shy tawny owls in the woods make a brief appearance in daylight, flying across a path. It was being mobbed by jays, who were annoying it off their territory. Here’s the full list of birds spotted. You can join Bramble on a nature walk this April here:

Raptors Merlin, kestrel, sparrowhawk, buzzard, tawny owl

Miscellaneous non-passerines Pheasant, woodcock, wood pigeon, collared dove, stock dove, greater spotted woodpecker, black-headed gull

Passerines Raven, rook, jackdaw, jay, grey wagtail, blackbrd, fieldfare, redwing, song thrush, mistle thrush, robin, dunnock, wren, goldcrest, treecreeper, nuthatch, great tit, marsh tit, blue tit, long-tailed tit, goldfinch, chaffinch, starling

February 13, 2021

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