A Quick Scratch

April 30, 2023 at 3:46 pm

Those of you who followed me on the Little Owl last year will know that this male Little Owl was due to lose his nest-site due to the barn being converted to a house.It was with disbelief as I drove past it last week to find the male on the roof looking for prey and no sign of any further development of the building. So lets hope that nothing happens in the next two months and that another brood of young fledge successfully.


Crossbill Success

April 22, 2023 at 7:23 pm

With a return visit to Rivercatcher I was treated to some more prolonged observations on the forest Crossbills.
The bird books will tell you that the breeding male Crossbills are red and the pair nest in January and February. So in late March you might expect to see a pair accompanied by fledged young. This is exactly what I was treated to but the male orange not red! To confuse matters even further I watched a female Crossbill collecting nesting material accompanied by a male that was yellow/green. And yes it was a male as I witnessed them copulating!! So what were they doing nest-building in late March – this should have happened in January!
Clearly there is a lot to clarify so another visit to Rivercatcher will be required! www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife

Siskin Delight

April 16, 2023 at 1:25 pm

Another short visit to Rivercatcher and the delights of the Welsh forests. A recent gale had dislodged Alder cones that now carpeted the forest floor. Over a hundred Siskins were on the ground gobbling up the masses of seeds that had fallen out of the cones. What a photographic bonus. www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife

You Beauty

April 9, 2023 at 5:57 pm

Regular readers of the blog will know that two months ago I was predicting that we were not going to see local Waxwings this winter. Two days later an immaculate male turned up in a Bolton garden and fed on the same berry laden tree for more than a month! I could not resist going to see my favourite bird on more than one occasion and was duly rewarded.



Late Redwings

April 2, 2023 at 4:46 pm

 During the late snow and frost of last month I came across a small party of Redwings that were feeding on the woodland floor. They were very hungry and as a result I was able to film them from as close as 15 feet without having to hide away. You never turn down the

opportunity to film Redwings!!  www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife