A resolution... resolved...!
One of my New Year resolutions is to spot new bird species for my personal list, getting pics of them where possible and also to improve on shots of pics I have taken previously...
Target one was a Nuthatch, colourful little birds, but fast and not common near me. So, when today dawned bright and clear with a forecast to remain so, I bundled into the car and set off for Delamere Forest in Cheshire, where I have seen good numbers of these birds visiting feeders in the past.
Where there is free and easily accessible food, there will always be Robins...
Another common woodland bird willing to brave bird tables is the Great Tit
Although Blackbirds do tend to stay more on the ground pcking up scraps, the offer of mealworms was clearly too much for this female to resist!
Another regular to woodland feeders.. the ubiquitous Squirrel, cheeky and endearingly cute...
although eventually my patience paid off.. and a Nuthatch put in a fleeting appearance.. kindly escorted by another Great Tit to give a size comparison
It would seem that suet pellets are the way to bribe Nuthatches, as it was this which I saw them taking as the 'morsel of choice' from the selection of seeds, mealworm, chooped dried fruit and suet which I had put down.
Again and again, it was the suet they foraged through the woodland buffet for.
I was somewhat suprised that they weren't after the mealworms.. but no..
However my shoot was ultimately thwarted by a combination of squirrels.. cold, and an influx of human visitors making the most of a sunny winters day
So, one last shot of a Robin - for Ian & Steve...
... and a final farewell from Nutkin as he made a bee-line for the sunflower seeds!
Throughout the day I also saw Jackdaw, Rook, Curlew, Buzzard, Cole Tit, Chaffinch, Long Tailed Tit and heard a woodpecker calling. Still no wild owls or kingfishers... yet...
Delamere Forest is run and maintained by the Forestry Commission, and more information can be found at the above link. It is a popular area for recreation with horseriding, plenty of marked walks, cycle paths and 'Go Ape' a treetop adventure walk involving rope bridges, deathslides and abseiling... If you dare!
Hope you enjoyed!
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