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Redwing survey

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Loved watching Autumn watch on TV tonight – and I like all the ways viewers can get involved with surveys. One is the redwing survey.

The redwing is most commonly encountered as a winter bird and is the UK’s smallest true thrush. Its creamy strip above the eye and orange-red flank patches mak it distinctive. They roam across the UK’s countryside, feeding in fields and hedgerows, rarely visiting gardens, except in the coldest weather when snow covers the fields. Only a few pairs nest in the UK.

Migrants arrive from September, with most in October and November. They leave again in March and April, although occasionally birds stay later.

If you go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/autumnwatch you will see how to join in with survey – though I guess you need to be near somewhere that aredwing might be found!

I see from the Paxton Pits web-site that on 14th October 200  + redwing were seen – I think it means flying over :

http://paxtonpits.blogspot.com/ – so they have been around here  (Little paxton)  Also Little Paxton village: Redwing heard late evening  (October 5th)

The Pits web-site is well worth a visit – and more importanly the Pits themselves!

glossy Ibis

Heronry South: Glossy Ibis – October 2nd at Paxton Pits.

What a wonderful name!

Flying away to the land of nod now….

October 16, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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