A couple of visits to Lochwinnoch RSPB centre over the last few days gave great views of many juvenile birds.  Of particular interest was two juvenile great spotted woodpeckers that were feeding from the nut feeder only a few metres from the photo hide.  My first visit on Sunday afternoon found the photo hide full of huge lenses and just enough room for me to fit in.  Great views were had of the woodpeckers and numerous other birds.  On Tuesday night the weather was still fine so I decided to pay another visit - this time I found the photo hide empty and had it to myself for a very enjoyable couple of hours viewing the birds.  The two juv woodpeckers were constant companions for the whole time (mostly one at a time)  with a few visits from an adult male.  Numerous Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits and Chaffinches were also in attendance.  On both Sunday and Tuesday I had great views of a Reed Bunting and Redpoll, the latter a bird that I had only seen once before Sunday.  As well as the little birds there was also a family of Rooks present - one adult and three juvs - the adult rook in the way of clever corvids had managed to figure out the seed feeder and was clearly showing the youngsters how to use them.  All in all a few great hours of viewing.

2 Responses to “Woodpeckers, Tits, Rooks, Reed Bunting and Redpoll”

  1. June 24, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    xlent picks neil especially the woodpeckers.

  2. Ian June 25, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Redpoll is likely to be a Lesser Redpoll C.f. cabaret. BWP states it is quickly separated from the others by it’s more sharply pointed bill delicate form, great agility when feeding, dancing flight and muttered flight-call. Birds of Scotland list C.f. Cabaret as the resident Redpoll as well.
    Good pics as ever, note the woodpecker using it’s tail as a prop.

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