Tuesday 23 March 2021

A Lesser Redpoll pair - and more garden birds

A small flock of Siskin continued to visit the feeders in Andy M's garden last week, joined more occasionally by a Brambling, and on Friday they were joined by a pair of Lesser Redpoll - all three species being members of the finch family that visit the UK in winter. 

Lesser Redpoll - with a characteristic red crown, 
and in the case of the male, pinky-red chest patches.

Male Lesser Redpoll (below) and two male Siskin

Female (left) and male (right) Siskin
A trio of male Siskin and a Greenfinch

Male Siskin
Male Siskin

Female Lesser Redpoll
Female Lesser Redpoll

Male Chaffinch


Male Blackcap taking a quick drink from the pool

Male Reed Bunting - with the distinctive black head, cheeks and bib,
with contrasting white neck ring and moustache
Male Reed Bunting - showing black cheeks and bib, with white moustachial stripes
Female Reed Bunting - with a more streaked belly, and a chestnut-brown crown 
with a paler central stripe.  Females also have the white moustachial stripes, but this one
has unusually dark cheeks, which tend to fade during the year.
Female Reed Bunting 

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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.

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)