Woodpeckers, Long tailed tits and Number 7!

With relatively clear skies this morning, I decided to have a couple of hours outside before the weather deteriorated and I returned to my office to get ready to go back to work next week!

I have had a small flock of about 10 long tailed tits flitting around the garden for the last few days and they LOVE the fat bars and fat balls. The woodpeckers have also been visiting this food. I decided to swap my feeders around and have this feeder at the front of my hub feeder camera to see if I could get some close-up footage of them.

The cameras that you see on my live cameras are plugged into my PC and through a piece of motion detection software called i-Catcher. This software lets me play back the footage for the day and take snapshots of any moment, as I can play it frame-by-frame. I can also capture video clips….. so basically, I don’t miss a minute of the action!

Here is a short clip showing the Long tailed tits visiting…


I have also ,mounted a new feeding platform… a plastic draining ladle I bought very cheaply. It is simply screwed onto the top of a post and provides a small feeding platform that fits in nicely on my Hub Feeder live camera view. I loaded it with suet pellets, mealworms and some seed this morning and then with some pastry worms that I made by putting some old left-over pastry through a garlic press!


I had lots of visitors today….


With the fat feeder at the front, it gave me the chance to capture some lovely clips of the Great Spotted Woodpeckers visiting. The males are distinctive with their red nape. The female has no red on her nape.




I also had the camera set up and managed a couple of shots!


A couple of weeks ago, I reported seeing a buzzard with two large number 7 tags on its wings! Well Number 7 was back today and was hunting the hardest of prey…… worms! It was quite comical watching a large bird of prey catching and eating worms!

This bird was tagged as a young bird on the nest in Cannock Chase by Brewood Ringers in June 2013, so is only a youngster. 


Finally, my squirrels were back to their mischievous antics this morning. I collected my Bushnell NatureView which I had set up on the outside of the Squirrel Studio. Unfortunately, the unit had been knocked slightly, so I had lots of images of squirrel feet. I have re-set it so hopefully I will get some better clips from the outside….


Here is today’s fun Squirrel Antics Clip!!


This wildlife watching is seriously addictive…. but you have probably realised this by now!

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