Sunday, 14 January 2018

Lesser Redpoll on feeders

Andy M reports that up to five Lesser Redpoll have been regular visitors to his bird feeders over the past few weeks, first appearing on 12th December 2017.  They seem to be travelling and feeding in a mixed flock with Goldfinch and Greenfinch.  Smaller than their finch cousins, with a small black bib and red forehead, they are never-the-less typically the most feisty, fighting off the larger finches to keep their perch, and often remaining last on the feeders when other birds are spooked off.

Male - black bib, red forehead, and red on breast and flanks

 Female - black bib and red forehead, but lacking red on breast

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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 (