To study them, I come to Foulshaw Moss and immerse myself in the experience. We settle into the hide and wait quietly. A great spotted woodpecker calls, a brood has left the nest this morning. One appears on the far side of a feeder, only the tip of his head and tail visible. Redpoll feed, heads dipped into the feeders and backs toward us.
There are tree sparrows on the feeders and a smart male reed bunting feeds on seed on the ground. A shy water rail emerges and feeds, briefly. The patterns on his plumage and his colours are bold and beautiful.
Listening to birdsong, I'm mindful of birds that don't show, either on feeders or on the seed spread on the earth, like willow warbler and wren.
Siskin feed on tree seeds, especially alder, birch, spruce and pine. In summer, they'll take insects. There are conifers out on Foulshaw Moss and birch a plenty.
A telescope was set-up to view the osprey nest platform but the light was poor so we did not stay. I'm still high on my recent osprey sightings at Threave Castle, Solway, in bright sunlight.
Thanks to Val for a warm welcome to Foulshaw Moss and to Cumbria Wildlife Trust for working hard to create habitat for diverse species. And for feeding all the birds so well presented at the different feeding stations.