Cottam Brickworks, Preston - 12th December 2009

With some better directions (thanks Mike) to the feeder at Cottam Brickworks we decided to head out and see if we could catch up with the Willow Tit. First stop was to get some wellies for Reece after getting wet feet wandering around last week.
After arriving I followed the directions as I thought them but again ended up in the wrong area so after retracing our steps we soon found the feeder and set up camp waiting for the Willow Tit to make an appearance. Frequent visitors to the feeders while we waited were Great and Blue Tit as well as Chaffinch and a couple of Blackbirds feeding on the ground. A Greater Spotted Woodpecker turned up behind us but didn’t venture onto the feeder. After around half an hours wait it made a very brief appearance and Reece missed it but he wasn’t disappointed for long as it made two again brief returns the longest behind the feeder making photo opportunities non existent.

WILLOW TIT COURTESY OF MIKE FOLEY

Having seen what we came for we decided to put the wellingtons to good use and trudge around the area as we did last week. Other sightings included more Magpies than we could count, Black Headed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, a flock of 40 Long Tailed Tit, Dunnock, Wren and Robin.
LONG TAILED TIT

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad you both saw the Willow Tit today. You have to be quick though and not take your eyes off the feeder for a moment. When I saw it, it was chased off by the other Tits as soon as it came. It just managed to grab a nut and then off.
Your two other accounts (below) also make interesting reading, it looks like you've had two good days together. Mike.