Yesterday, whilst out working with some of the rangers from the National Trust’s Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, we spotted a large flock (100+) of Waxwing. These incredibly cool looking winter visitors with distinctive Mohican tufts are a favourite of mine!
Large numbers can arrive in the UK when there is a shortage of food in their Scandinavian breeding grounds. So seemingly, this year and into the next, with the abundance of berries available there could be (hopefully) more encounters to come…
This month I completed a 3-week volunteer residency at the Saltholme Wildlife Reserve & Discovery Park in Teeside. This involved working with the Estate Team (carrying out general maintenance and improvement of the site), the Visitor Centre Team (greeting visitors, recruiting RSPB members & retail work) and the Education Team (taking part in reserve events and shadowing a hide guide).
During my time at Saltholme I spotted 52 species of birds, as follows: