First Frosts

Monday, November 15th 2010

The frost transformed Foxglove into a beautiful winter scene first thing.  Even the Nettle and Bramble leaves were sparkling in the early morning sunshine. 

Frost-covered Bramble leaf

The cold weather has encouraged plenty of birds to visit the Field Centre garden feeders.  This Coal Tit was enjoying the peanuts outside the kitchen window and in the back garden Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Robins and Greenfinches were amongst the many birds spotted. 

Coal Tit on a peanut feeder

Bramblings and Reed Buntings were also present.  The Bullfinch and Blackbird colour ringing schemes are going well at Foxglove.  However, we need more sightings of these birds to make the project worthwhile.  Please let us know if you see any Bullfinches or Blackbirds with colour rings on their legs.  It is important to note down the exact colour combination for both right and left legs.  This information can be used to study the population numbers and dynamics.  If you have a few spare hours and could help out by watching for these birds, please do. 

Bullfinch on feeder

A couple of quick remenders; firstly, the Foxglove Christmas meal will be on Wednesday 15th. December at Wathgill.  The cost is £12 per person.  To book a place please contact the office.  Payments are required by the end of November.  See the events section for more details.  All welcome, the more the merrier! 

Secondly, we are now collecting food for the Christmas hampers which will be raffled in a few weeks time and we will be grateful for any food or drink items for these.  (Why not take advantage of the many 'buy one, get one free' offers around and donate the free one to Foxglove!)  

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