Over the past six months there have been very encouraging signs for all birds. plenty of Wrens, Tits in general, Song and Mistle Thrushes but extra pleasing was to see plenty of Goldcrests in the woods and Bullfinches in the hedgerows and my garden feeding on the wild plum shoots. The one bird conspicuously missing is the Greenfinch, a couple of years ago these angry and aggressive looking birds dominated my bird feeders .
I believe their demise was due to a virus, and with this goes a warning to regularly disinfect your feeders to help stop any disease spreading amongst all birds.
Red Kites are now seen quite regularly on Wimpole Estate, earlier this year I reported a sighting of a group of six birds, this followed by other pair and single sightings. Yesterday, 4th February, I saw another so hopefully they are spreading this way from Bedfordshire and will eventually take up permanent residence.
An idle thought, possibly another sign of success for the smaller birds is the increase in the number of Magpies and Jays. As these predate on birds nest, it means there must be plenty of prey about otherwise there wouldn’t be so many of them !!! Perhaps a balance will eventually come about for all of them.
Another success story is the Green Woopecker, they normally fly off when you get within 50 – 100m of them but this one was about 10m away. A day never passes without seeing two or three around the estate.