Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Best to get out this winter.


If the latest BTO news release is to be believed then we are not going to see many birds in our back gardens this year – unless things get markedly colder. Bumper crops of hawthorn berries, rose hips and blackberries mean that ‘natural’ food is in abundance and, even faced with our wonderful sunflower hearts, nutritious mixes and niger seed, birds will also follow ‘natural is best’.

Further, because the beech mast crop is the most abundant it’s been since 2002, then Coal Tit, Chaffinch and Siskin will be noticeable absent. However, let’s hope that Scandinavia has a bad winter which will then push all those wonderful ‘winter finches’ – Brambling - our way.


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