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Siskin

If you have visited Llandegfedds Feeding Station and are wondering where all the finches are, my mate Chris has stollen them all! In his Garden he has; Siskin, Redpoll, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Brambling, House Sparrow and many many more! He really does have a hot spot and I appreciate the invite. Plus.. he makes a damn good cup of Yorkshire Tea! What more can you ask for? lol. 

Lesser Redpoll

Not a great photograph but just wanting to speak about the Redpoll that are proving hard to tempt into the feeders so far despite there being plenty of them onsite. I've noticed that the Redpoll and Siskin are still finding plenty of natural food, even in the trees surrounding the feeding station. That said, I have put a new feeder in today called a 'Niger Seed Feeder' which has been made with these sorts of birds in mind. I think we may need some more cold weather and even more finch activity before we tempt them in. Still plenty of winter left for things to change. This picture was taken from the hide today so just a matter of time I think. 

Redpoll

Feeling Festive

You'll already know at this point if you live in the Uk that the weather has been pretty.. wet. Today being probably the worse rain we've had in a long time! It seemed pointless to go out in this but I had half day so I went straight out to the feeders. Between downpours came some really creative light which made it feel very festive. I hope the images prove this festivity. 

On that note, I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Feeding Station Data Sheet Progress

I just wanted to say a big thank you to those who are activily using my sightings form for the Llandegfedd Feeding Station. It has been really useful so far and is filling the gaps that I can't attend which makes for consistent Data. Thank you Paul, Ian, Brian and Phil, and also some that have told me over social media. You won't be able to read it fully but here is a screenshot of the data that you are contributing to. 

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year. 

 

Trichomonosis

1 Bird that I'm seeing a lot of lately is the Chaffinch: An underrated bird that has unfortunately fallen victim to a disease in the Uk called trichomonosis. This disease became apparent in the Uk in 2005 and mainly targeted our Green / Chaffinches. 

Sadly, I've already noticed that a couple of the Chaffinches at Llandegfedd have this disease as you can see in the picture. The feet are the outside signs but eventually they will die as it can leave some birds completely footless. You can help fight this disease by making sure that your feeders in your garden are regularly cleaned as this disease has spread thanks to our feeders. 

I'll leave you with a more pleasant picture of a Male Chaffinch, as you can see, they have a mossy green rump which is often all you see as they fly off in the distance.