The snow has arrived and more is forecast. The Bullfinch on our feeders is taken as a sign in Sweden that it will snow.
The numbers of Waxwing continue to grow. It is easy to see numerous groups, each containing hundreds of birds. I took this photo of part of a group numbering around 600 birds this week; which were residing in three adjacent trees.
We have been hard at work with heavy machinery improving the habitat for owl and woodpecker and increasing the chances of getting great views of them. This area of forest consisted of trees that were 100 years old. BUT the forest was so dense that we were only getting fleeting views of the wildlife. So we have opened up an area for better viewing. Don’t worry we still have forest from new growth to 100 years old on site! We have retained all of the standing dead trees our Woodpeckers love and have wonderful part felled trees to provide perching posts for hunting owls. The fallen trees are great for close up photography of our bird life.
How about taking a break on our disused combine harvester and wait for the wildlife to emerge from the forest around you? Probably the only bird viewing combine in the world?
And finally. The chaps in my gym know that I love wildlife, so one passed over this motor bike fuel tank to be reused as a bird box. Better than being thrown away! It had been unused for many years and left outside gathering moss.
It now sits on a Birch tree next to a bird house that was used by breeding Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) last year. You can watch it from your caravan window when you stay with us.
It will be woodpecker proof, but hopefully not too warm. Let’s see who moves in!