Possibly the last nature watch posting of the 2010!
Seen on the Glebe today, Saturday December 31st: a Goldcrest, Siskin feeding on the Alder, a pair of Bullfinches, Blue and Great tits, two Robins and Blackbirds.
From the top of the Glebe this afternoon (Jan 7th), we had a spectacular view of Starlings preparing for roosting. At least 200 birds performing close formation aerobatic flights. A long time since I have seen such a large number of Starling performing like that in Scotland.
Sandy has reported that over the last few weeks he has seen very large flock of Yellowhammers both on the Glebe and also the field over the stile above. On one occasion a tree had so many Yellowhammers sitting in it that it looked like it was covered in yellow flowers! This is a good news story because over most of the UK, Yellowhammer numbers are in serious decline. These two areas are probably providing a source of much needed food for the birds at this time of the year.
We have not had any in the garden, have you? If so please let us all know; you can post the news here.
I was checking the nest boxes on the Glebe today. Lots of the boxes are occupied with Blue and Great tits producing good numbers of brood. This year all the young are looking healthy, and in large broods unlike last year! I found a nest that is probably that of a Spotted Flycatcher with one egg in the nest so far. Spotted Fly has attempted to nest on the Glebe two years ago, in the same nest box, but the nest was abandoned, let’s hope for a better outcome this year. It looks like Whitethroats are nesting again this year; I saw a pair defending a territory, and enjoyed the musical song of the male. With other males singing we could have more than one pair nesting. I watched a large family of Wrens begging for food from over-worked parents. The most exciting find was the nest of a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, the adults were trying to satisfy the insatiable appetite of their young in the nest.