Wednesday 24 November 2021

A few Garden Birds

With the coming of the colder weather, a greater variety of birds have been visiting Andy M's garden recently, with the prospect of finding easier food. One or occasionally two Jay have been busy gathering acorns from the oak at the bottom of the garden, and carefully stashing them for the colder weather to come. Several Blackbird have taken up residence in the hawthorn, carefully selecting the most nutritious berries to eat, scattering the rejects carelessly below. Similarly, Greenfinch have been learning how to take the ripe seed from the spent sunflower heads. Both Green Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker have visited, and a male Sparrowhawk has found easy pickings from the Goldfinch flock that regularly frequent the feeders. Blue Tit and Long-tailed Tit are also regulars, passing through in noisy, busy flocks of ever-increasing size.


Jay, just before carefully 'planting' the acorn in the lawn

Jay carefully stashing an acorn


pair of Jay

male Blackbird, making the most of the haw berries

Greenfinch, working out where the seeds are

Greenfinch, getting the hang of taking
ripe sunflower seeds from the old heads.

Green Woodpecker

male Great Spotted Woodpecker

female Great Spotted Woodpecker, 
which lacks the red nape patch seen in the male

male Sparrowhawk

male Sparrowhawk, with its Goldfinch prey

Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Blue Tit - taking to the air

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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.

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