Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Wrong sort of Crests

A text from Paul Slade at 10am yesterday saw me racing down to Stanley Park after school in the hope of catching up with the a Firecrest that had been found there during the morning. I met up with Ash and Aaron soon after arriving and we set about working our way down from the area where the feeders are (west of the heronry island), south to the bridges separating the 2 lakes. It soon became apparent to us there had been a large influx of Goldcrests into the area, as every tree we looked in seemed to contain at least one of these little gems. In all we counted an astounding 21 along the 250 metre or so stretch of woodland! But alas no Firecrest were to be found amongst them, however the supporting cast of commoner woodland species proved to be just as interesting to watch. At least 4 Treecreepers, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Coat Tit and a female Sparrowhawk kept us occupied as we searched in the glorious spring evening.

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