Colder weather brings siskin and redpolls to feeders

Ian Plume

The change in the weather these past few days has meant a busier time for our smaller birds around the reserve as they spend more time look for food. This also means a busier time at our feeders at the centre with redpoll, siskin and long-tailed tits appearing more often there.

When you next visit, spend some time in the centre watching the activity on the feeders.  Blue tits and great tits are the most numerous – busy feeding on a range of food options that we put out for them.  Look carefully and you should spot the odd marsh tit / coal tit visiting from time to time.  Goldfinch, siskin and redpoll are increasingly spending time here feeding on niger seed and the long-tailed tits love the fat blocks or suet pellets.  The male great-spotted woodpecker also visits and is often found feeding on the fat block.  Below the feeders look out for blackbirds, chaffinches, robin, dunnock and the odd song thrush.

great spotted woodpecker feeding at feeders at Lackford Lakes.

Another location to look for small birds is at the start of Sayer’s Breck trail (red trail) – here is often the best spot to look for bullfinchReed buntings are often found here as well.

Moving down by the sailing lake, there are some feeders to the right-hand side before the second bench.  This is another location with a good chance of finding siskin, redpoll and reed bunting.

Redpoll at Lackford Lakes

Mike Andrews

Ash Carr is also a busy place for our smaller birds with a good numbers to be found there.  Look out for nuthatch, treecreeper, marsh tit, blue tit, great tit and great spotted woodpecker.  This is also the location that the lesser-spotted woodpecker has been reported from this week.