Today,Â I (James), Anita and Dan, went on a walk from Lower End Bridge to Pool House looking at different flowers and butterflies. On the way, we saw a Female Banded Demioselle. We knew this because it had green coloured wings. Later on, We saw a male Banded Demioselle!! The wings were both colourless and there was a blue band on both of them. Now you know how to tell a male to a female Banded Demioselle!! (The two photos below were taken by me, James GW)
Try and guess which is the male and which is the female! (The date and time on the photo are wrong)
With the weather being rather harsh over in Scandinavia, there has been quite an invasion of Waxwings into the UK!
They are winter migrants and arrive virtually every year in the UK to get away from the freezing conditions of the arctic circle. This year is no exception and luckily for birdwatchers alike, due to the extreme weather facing where they spent their summer up in the frozen north, many more than usual have flown down to the UK to stock up on winter berries (Or tree buds, as it seems the berries have suffered from the extreme cold too!)
The photos above have been taken today (08.01.11), on the corner of Clent View Road and The Broadway in Stourbridge. If you are wishing to see them, they are likely to still be in the area, as locals say that they have been around for the last 2 days. Be patient though, you could be waiting for up to 20 minutes as they have been scouring the area for the best sources of food!
Bird activity goes on around us on a daily basis, often unnoticed, and throughout the year. Often we are guilty of concerning ourselves with our own lives, and perhaps fail to realise that during freezing weather conditions, our local bird population will struggle desperately to forage for food and water. Insects will be difficult to find, and any scraps of food may be welded to the ground by ice, or obscured by snowfall. Water will have frozen solid, and prove impossible for birds to peck through it in order to reach the water lying underneath. At the very least, a few small pieces of bread, but more ideally nuts, thrown out onto the ground could make all the difference to a bird’s survival chances during a cold spell. A container of water placed in open ground ( to provide birds with enough visibility so as to spot a potential predator) would also ease their plight, although this would need to be checked regularly and replaced when the original water has frozen.
Some people invest a small amount of money to buy a feeder (pictured) which can be suspended above the ground, and in turn can attract an interesting variety of birds into their gardens, such as the Blue Tit pictured above.