Coal tit and willow tit
As our readers will know, Lee has been recovering from heart surgery so we haven’t been birding in a while. Our last attempt to visit Idle Valley on Sunday ended with him fainting and being taken back to Bassetlaw Hospital. However, we weren’t going to give up that easily! His medication has been adjusted so we felt pretty safe to venture out today, especially as it was a lovely sunny day.
Blue tit and willow tit
We decided to visit one of our favourite places for the afternoon: Sherwood Forest. Having visited several times before, we know that there are bird tables stationed around the forest, so we bought some bird seed to tempt the residents onto the tables.
We didn’t want to walk too far, so we found the nearest bird table and put out our seed on the table and a post next to it, and waited for the birds.
We didn’t have to wait very long! As you can see from the pictures, they were very obliging.
We saw quite a few members of the tit family, and were delighted when a willow tit (or maybe a marsh tit) or two showed up. We witnessed a couple of stand-offs between these and the coal tits, great tits and blue tits fighting for the food.
Some of the birds, like this great tit above, were young ones, still getting their adult feathers.
We stood still and tried to capture the birds as they flew down onto the table and post for the food we’d put out. As well as the birds we’ve got in the pictures, we saw a jay up close and a great spotted woodpecker, but didn’t manage to get a photo.
The nuthatch (pictured above and below) is always interesting to watch, and we saw them going up and down the tree trunks before flying onto the table.
We spent some time watching the birds, then had a slow walk back to the cafe for a very welcome cuppa!
We really enjoyed our afternoon and hope to visit there again soon!