On a Saturday morning once a month I take part in our local wood bird survey. This weekend it was extremely cold and frosty but when we started to move it didn’t feel that bad.
The survey roughly takes about two hours, we stop and monitor the birds in a number of different places, both through sightings and calls. Regularly there are 5 of us that take part which is good as we each spot or hear different birds. Simon is the one I rely on for the identification as he is really good especially on bird calls.
This time it started off very slow, maybe because we were 45 minutes earlier than normal and the sun hadn’t reached the woods yet. Last time the sun was hitting the top of the ash trees and the trees at the entrance of the wood were covered with Thrushes, Siskins, Blackbirds and Goldcrests but this time it was silent.
As we walked around, and the air warmed up (slightly) we counted:
Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Jackdaw, Robin, Wren, Coal tit, Blue tit, Great tit, Long tailed tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Redwing, Stock dove, Jay, Marsh tit, Wood Pigeon, Treecreeper, Black headed gull and Collared dove. Plus a Bullfinch on the way home
The photos of the Treecreeper, Coal tit and Great Spotted Woodpecker were taken by my mum.