Well, another year has gone and most folk are back at work this week. We have all feasted well and spent far too long in front of fires and television, warm comfortable and well-fed. Of course, through all that, our local birds were struggling to survive and there were a few very cold nights which would have been quite a challenge for them. So do continue to put out food for them and fresh water, especially if we have any more frosts.
have been reasonable numbers of winter thrushes around the
village recently. The delightful Redwing and the larger Fieldfare,
which come to us from
Red Kites have continued to be seen over Cookham pretty much daily over Christmas and New Year – I suspect some folk are actually attracting them by putting meat out for them. A visit to the garden of this magnificent bird with its six foot wing span can be quite exhilarating, but it has been found that Kites which rely too much on garden meat scraps become less fit, as they need the skin, fur and bones of normal carrion in their diets. So if you do happen to try feeding them, please ensure they get all they need.
course, some birds treat winter as a lead-in to the breeding season
and most species will now be in their breeding plumage. Our local Blue
Tits have already been inspecting their nest box, Rooks
will soon be reconstructing their nests, and a pair of Collared
Doves actually built a nest in
One of the biggest national bird events happens this month – the Great Garden Bird Watch. We are all encouraged to spend one hour on either the 24th or 25th January, in the garden or local park, noting the species and numbers of birds seen. The necessary form and details are on www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch It’s the 25th anniversary of the event so do get involved.