Friday, 18 December 2009

Wow - a garden first (Woodpecker)

I am not an avid bird watcher, but just imagine my (and the wifes) delight today when this Greater Spotted Woodpecker took advantage of the various feeders that I have in the garden.

Dispite living adjacent to open countryside, we do not get a huge variety (or number) of birds here. I live on the site of an old creamery that was demolished just over 20 years ago. However, the land was severely poisoned (allegedly) due to the dumping of waste into the ground. After we moved here in late 1989, the contractors spent about 2 years pumping thousands (possibly millions) of gallons of water into the land to get rid of the methane that was seeping out.

We get the usual Robins, Blue tits, lots of Starlings, Wood pigeons, Collared doves and Blackbirds with occasionally Greenfinches and Chaffinches (used to be regulars)or a Great tit or a Blackcap as a bonus, but this was a real treat this lunchtime.

Its very cold today - temperature in only +0.5C with snow forecast. Nonetheless the Moth trap is out and will switch on automatically when it goes dark. Not very optimistic for any results though.. The minimum temperature since last Friday was -3.5C, probably last night..

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