Nothing of note on the walk up the track this morning, the Common Gull numbers are picking up (40) and a couple of Meadow Pipits in the Winter Barley. Either side of the track are arable fields which are planted in rotation,with the crops sown obviously having an impact on the local wildlife year after year, affecting species and numbers. This year it looks as though it maybe a little more beneficial than in recent times, due to the fact that two fields appear to be 'summer' crops (the fields have been ploughed but are bare with no shoots visable) and also there has been a 6 meter 'enviroment' strip left by the farmer which will not be ploughed or sprayed. Although this doesn't seem much I'm sure there will be rewards for all concerned.
Set aside Strip
Despite the freezing temperatures over the past week nothing out of the ordinary has visited the feeders except the usual suspects- Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, the occational Greenfinch and House Sparrows. Now I know I should be grateful that we get plenty of House Sparrows, and with them being reportedly in decline, some people may think we're lucky. I just wish they wouldn't visit all at once, then strip us of all our sun flower seeds in one go!
The Boys (and girls) are Back In Town
Though we'd rather have lots of Spoogies than too many of these that visited my neighbours ground feed!
Barn Owl bait!