Sunday 29 August 2010

Look out for - new flocks and roosts

With most of this years young birds all fledged now, it is time to watch out for lots of new flocks of birds together.  As young birds and their parents leave their nesting sites and territories, you will see lots of them coming together for their collective protection and feeding.

I have been seeing  a regular large flock of mixed Tits come through the garden most days.  Comprising of a mix of between 50 to 100 adult and juvenile birds of Blue, Great, Coal and Long Tailed, this is not something I have noticed in previous summers in my garden.

Out in the countryside watch out for the same but with large communities of Rooks, Jackdaws and Starlings, and in particular during the evenings for Pied Wagtails.  This was the time of year at my old place of work when up to 100 of these delightful little birds would get together and can often be found in supermarket car parks.  At Morrisons in Stratford, they are regular roosters.


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