Bird's Eye View of Bute

Great Spotted Woodpecker

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The Great Spotted Woodpecker.

It is heartening to see a big increase in the numbers of Bird Feeders in gardens.
The pleasure that it gives to those who care for our feathered friends must be immense by watching these small birds vying  for position  on nut feeders and fat balls.



The cheek of some of these birds must be seen to be believed.
I have also noticed in the last couple of winters fat balls being hung on trees around the Island.  The person or persons doing this are to be commended for not content  with feeding birds in their own garden (if  they have one) they are branching out  across Bute.

Making your own fat balls is easy. While you have runny fat from frying or grilling, pour it into a cup and add some bird seed. Push a string , knotted at the bottom into the mix and let it cool down overnight.  In the morning, turn it upside down and pour hot water over the cup for a few seconds and the fat ball will fall out and be ready to hang out.

Birds that normally come to garden feeders are chaffinches,greenfinches, gold finches, great , and blue tits, siskins and house sparrows, and on the ground are robins,dunnocks (hedge sparrows) waiting for food from above.
If you live near a wooded area you may be honoured  with the arrival in your garden of a greater spotted woodpecker, like the one here that was in a Rothesay garden.

These colourful birds are eight to nine inches  long and are black and white with red on their lower belly. The male has a red patch on the nape of its head, absent on the female.

So keep up the good work during the cold spells, it is most appreciated- especially by the birds.

Norrie Mulholland 

First published in the Buteman 06-07-2001

Since this was  published nearly every wood has a pair in residence. 20-05-2011


 


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