Haith's Wildlife Blog
The Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) is a very small passerine bird; they are a dull greyish-green bird with a pale belly and a black and yellow stripe on their heads, which has an orange centre on males. Their thin beak is ideally suited for picking insects out from between pine needles.
After a five year study of population data called The State of the World’s Birds, a biodiversity crisis has been revealed due to the expansion and intensification of agriculture. The study concludes that once widespread birds such as the turtle dove, puffins and snowy owl are plummeting towards extinction.
A local primary school, Humberston Cloverfields Academy, contacted Haith’s to tell us about their exciting plans to build bird feeders, bird houses and to create new habitats to attract more birds.
Going to a pond and throwing pieces of bread to the ducks and geese is very enjoyable for many people and children, but it is not such a good idea for the birds themselves. Too much bread is bad for garden birds as it contains too much salt and little to no protein and therefore has poor nutritional value.
In 2017 during the breeding season conditions were mild and this has been linked to a higher than usual influx of smaller bird species in our gardens during January 2018.
The Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) is a small passerine bird that is slightly larger than the Robin but more slender. Their colour is a rather plain brown, with a thin black/brown beak, a large dark eye and a coppery tail, which is often the only noticeable feature of the creeping adult.