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Familiar faces, fond farewells

Nuthatch, Barbara Copperthwaite, Go Be Wild

The pair of Nuthatch that I saw on Saturday are definitely nesting in the same hole as a pair bred in last year. I saw one of them going into the hole this morning. Then a little tell-tale flake of bark once more fluttered down from on-high - it was the other half of the partnership. Confirmation of nesting is my big news of the day!

Aside from that, it’s been a good haul today. Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-Tailed Tits, Robins, a lot of Blackbird activity in the undergrowth, Crows, of course, and Magpies again flying overheard with big twigs in their beaks. The long-established pair of Parakeets snuggled together on their favourite tree on this chilly day, and in the distance I heard another parakeet calling. I couldn’t see clearly enough to ascertain if it was the younger female, or if possibly, hopefully, her mate. But after calling from a tree for several minutes, it flew away in the direction of Canon Hill Park.

I heard two different Great Spotted Woodpecker calling out at the same time from different parts of the park, too. Just wish I could catch sight of them! They are proving very elusive lately.

Talking of things eluding me… I wrote only the other day about how, having barely seen so much as a sidelong glimpse of Redwings this winter, I had finally managed to get a good look at our winter visitor and indeed take a snap (apologies again for the technical difficulties I’m still experiencing in getting my pictures onto the site at present. I will share all photographs with you as soon as I can). Today, I saw a little flock of about eight Redwings go overhead, calling to each other. Their preparations to leave this country are making them bolder.

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