Friday, 6 February 2015

Had a walk round Castle Park for the first time to try and add treecreeper and raven to the patch list. Neither showed up but it is early days yet. I have not seen treecreeper in the park for some time and was wondering if the amount of grey squirrels would have anything to do with it? The park was full of them and I can't see them passing on treecreeper eggs if they can get them. The park is actually the grounds of Bangor Castle, once the home of the Ward family, now the Town Hall. It contains deciduous and coniferous trees and an area of parkland with specimen trees planted by the previous owners.

Couple of typical views
Apart from raven and treecreeper I will not see anything I won't get elsewhere so I may have a rethink about the patch boundaries. Might be advisable to drop Castle Park and extend the coastal path to Crawfordsburn River?The most interesting items were a heron, two mistle thrushes and two singing song thrushes - the first I have heard this year.

The garden proved interesting today as the clever rook turned up, the coconut feeder was in place and the video was set up on the scope. See the results below. I managed a minute and a half before the battery ran out on the camera.

Mrs bullfinch finally turned up and the long tailed tits are now daily visitors rather than appearing every couple of weeks.

female bullfinch
Long-tailed tit

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