Wood­land won­ders

Bird Watching (UK) - - #my200birdyear -

Most gar­den birds are, of course, es­sen­tially wood­land birds which have cho­sen the ‘open glades’ of our gar­den as an ex­ten­sion of their ‘nat­u­ral’ habi­tat. Our wood­lands are also ar­guably at their eas­i­est to work as a bird­watcher in the depth of win­ter. With fewer (or no) leaves on the trees, view­ing birds in the branches and twigs be­comes much, much eas­ier. Lesser Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers (which are only the size of a spar­row), sud­denly be­come ‘vis­i­ble’ again. Finches and tits also be­come eas­ier to pick out. And there is a chance of flush­ing a Woodcock from a damp for­est floor. If you visit a wood with birches and/or Alders, you have a great chance of Siskins as well as the red­poll species, in­clud­ing Lesser, Mealy and even Arc­tic.

Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker

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