Sunday, 24 March 2013

Reed buntings and Treecreeper on South Road

Anne Dunbar-Nobes writes:
The cold and snowy weather brought two Reed Buntings to our garden over the weekend (23-4 March). Apparently Reed Buntings will leave their reed-bed habitats in the winter and move onto farmland, and in tough weather they are occasionally seen feeding in gardens. These Reed Buntings were feeding on seed on the ground under the hanging feeders and were seen throughout the afternoon on both days. The photos are of the male with the distinctive black head; the other had sparrow-like streaky brown markings, with a distinctive pattern on its cheeks, so presumably the female.

Reed bunting (male) head markings

Reed bunting (male), garden

While I was waiting to take a photo of them, a Treecreeper suddenly appeared on a Silver Birch tree in the background, so I snapped that too!

Treecreeper on silver birch in snow

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The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

A map of the area covered, with some features noted, is available here:>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871 or Peter Brunning via e-mail

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (