Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Magic Bridge at Lynford Arboretum

4th December 2015

Time for the first winter visit to Lynford Arboretum to see if any of the site specialties were on show. Based on recent reports we started on the gravel pit side of the car park which proved to be very quiet apart from a few fly-over Siskins. In fact the main arboretum wasn't much better, so time to visit the Magic Bridge by the lake.

So why is it  magic? Well, it is magic because even when the rest of the site is quiet, this bridge is heaving with birds because the kind Seed Fairy puts out seed on the bridge supports so the local tits, Chaffinches and Robins are queuing up for a free meal. First up today was a small flock of Long-tailed Tits.

However, the commonest species to visit the seed-fest is the Coal Tit, although you have to be quick as they are in and out in a shot. Equally challenging is the Nuthatch which although a little more leisurely, certainly doesn't hang around.

But as usual the star of the show was the increasingly scarce Marsh Tit which is the most challenging in this scenario, so I was pleased to get just one shot in an entirely natural habitat.

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