Denso Marston Nature Reserve – first visit of 2020

On Thursday, just after midday I got a phone call saying that some small birds were in the Alder trees at DMNR. Because of the light they tended to show as silhouettes which made it tricky to identify them. So down I went with my binoculars and camera. Considering that it was early afternoon the light was terrible hence the rather grainy photos.

With binoculars the birds were identified as Siskins. They tend to be Winter visitors to the area, either from further North or Europe. With the camera, and dialling in some over-exposure to stop them appearing as silhouettes, they could be seen reasonably well. They seemed to quite like the seeds in the Alder between the pond and the feeding station.

Over on the Spider Club Feeding Station were Bullfinch – we also spotted 8 up in the trees. Not bad considering that often all you ever know of their presence is their rather wheezy call.

At the feeding station there were also quite a few Blue Tits, Nuthatch and Robins; 4 or 5 Squirrels could be seen, with 2 or 3 of them coming up to the table to get food. Blackbird, Great Tit and Coal Tits were also around.

Its not a very good shot but as we were walking back we met someone who told us they were hoping to see a Goldcrest. Within 30 seconds of parting we saw a Goldcrest low enough in a tree to at least get it in the frame, with another Goldcrest higher up. A little further along we met up with him again and told him we had seen 2. After parting again we carried on and very soon stopped at a sound and saw 3 Goldcrest in a bush. Not bad, and I hope Paul got to see some that afternoon too.

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