Thursday, 18 December 2008

A tree I miss

One of the winter sights I miss here in Cambridgeshire is the flocks of Siskin and Redpoll that used to feed in stands of larch Larix at a reserve near my old home.



At this time of year these birds flock together to feed performing acrobatics to get into the cones.

Sadly around here we don't have any larch stands and my garden isn't big enough to plant my own wood! Oh well I feel a birdwatching trip coming on!


  1. They are gorgeous , I dont think I have ever seen them in my garden. S

    Since I lost my huge Whitebeam in a storm last year I have noticed that we get far fewer Long-tailed Tits, who always flew in in small flocks of 20 or so flitting from tree to tree. Its almost as if the missing tree means they dont have enough cover to perch in and so they have stopped visiting :(

  2. We don't seem to have either bird near us :(

    However, unlike Zoe's garden we've long tailed tits a plenty :)

    I loved your Wiltshire Wailers comment over at my place yesterday. It reminded me of the time we went to a quiz at our local secondary school. The male teachers got together to form 'West Country Life' - complete with broad Wiltshire accents!

  3. Looking forward to reading your journal and getting to know you and your birds.
    A dear blogging friend lives in Kent, UK. I folllow her birds with my Field Guide to the Birds of Britian and Europe by Peterson, Mountfort and Hollom. It is a 1954 edition but birds still look about the same!

  4. We have long tail tits as well and I think siskins occasionally. My favourite at the moment is a nuthatch which is enjoying the sunflower seeds

  5. Whoa! Are they micro birds? They seem so tiny and chweeeet! Great photos.


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