Sunday, 7 June 2020

Great Tit family - getting breakfast

A family of Great Tit have been around in Andy M's garden for the last week or so, usually seen travelling through the bushes and trees as a family, young following the parent's lead, searching for insects and other tasty morsels.

However this morning, he watched them seeming getting a 'quick take-away breakfast'!  The way this seemed to work was .... the three young all line up on top of the feeders making as much noise as possible, while the two adults repeatedly dropped down below to take a sunflower seed from the feeder, then hop up and deposit it into a gaping youngster! 

Maybe this was 'Lesson 2 - Garden Feeders'!

Youngsters lining up for breakfast
Placing your order!
Finally, a parent comes up with the goods!
 ... gape-filling
...brief satisfaction
... repeat!

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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: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871 or Peter Brunning via e-mail peter.brunning@cantab.net.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (amerryweather61@gmail.com)