Poole Town Urban Birding Walks
are in sharp decline, influenced heavily by a disease that is transmitted between individuals by sharing feeders. Please make sure you clean your feeders regularly.
Many of our garden visitors are struggling with loss of habitat and food supply, adverse weather and non-native predators - cats! During the winter months, each day is a dangerous balance between avoiding predators, staying warm, looking for food and in some cases, defending territory by singing. The latter is very costly and can burn fat reserves that are vital for overnight survival – it’s important that birds are sensible about when to keep schtum!
If you want to encourage birds onto your feeders sunflower hearts are the king of seeds, proving more popular and attracting more species than niger seeds. Like all wild animals, birds need to be as energetically efficient as possible. They don’t need to get through a shell to get to the fat and nutrient rich sunflower seed inside so they’ll prioritise this easy food source over other offerings. If the weather gets particularly cold, as it did in early 2018, put out some apples for winter thrushes such as redwing and fieldfare to feed on, and make sure that you have ice-free water available for all your feathered visitors.
For those of you without gardens or feeders of your own, there are some great public feeders set up at RSPB Arne car park and tearoom; Holton Lee and Upton Country Park. You can even enjoy our Holton Lee feeder-cam from the comfort of your own home by watching the live stream on the Birds of Poole Harbour website birdsofpooleharbour.co.uk/ feeder-webcam.
GET INVOLVED IN THE BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH...
Registration opens on 12 December and the count will be taking place from 26 -28 January. All you have to do is watch and note down the birds that visit your garden or local park over one hour. Sign up at rspb.org.uk. Join us on our new Thursday morning birding tour in the heart of town. Meet at Birds of Poole Harbour HQ on Poole Quay from 9.30am onwards, we depart promptly at 10am (runs until 12.30pm). Stroll across Quayside, through Baiter Park and around Poole Park to explore the local urban birdlife such as kingfisher, goldeneye, turnstone and ringed plover. No need to book, simply pay £3 per person on arrival. Dates: 3, 10,17, 24, 31 January.
Find out more at birdsofpooleharbour.co.uk
‘Note down the birds that visit your garden or local parkover one hour’A male chaffinch
The bold pinky red colours pf the bullfinch