One of the benefits of being in a RSPB local group is to meet like minded people and find out what birds and wildlife they are seeing. Recently, Steve B. emailed me to let me know that he had seen a coal tit in his Gravesend garden. So what’s special about that? Well Steve thought it was very unusual and I do too. I have only seen 2 coal tits in 40 years of watching in my Gravesend garden. At our Tuesday indoor meeting last week, Barbara mentioned that she had 2 nuthatch feeding together in her garden – she usually only sees one! Is that unusual was the question. I have never ever seen a nuthatch in my garden – so what do I know?. I doubt that Steve B. has ever seen a nuthatch in his garden either. I suppose the answer is that both coal tits and nuthatch rarely wander far from woodland. So if Steve wants to see more coal tits (and nuthatch) he will have to move house. Steve C. sent me this photograph to go with the post. I was just about to congratulate him for an excellent photograph of a nuthatch in his garden. But I have just read the picture data – still excellent but not his garden!
Also at the meeting on Tuesday, Jeff gave us the latest information on “his” yellow ringed black headed gull (see my previous post). On the 16th November Jeff walked down to Gravesend promenade (actually Bawley Bay) and he found the bird. It was resting on the same metal railing and only 5m from the spot that Jeff had found it last November! Jeff was able to get quite close to the bird and could read the ring with his 8×40 binoculars and also got this photograph to confirm it. How extraordinary! To view the travels of black headed gull 2HNR have a look at this map on the bird ringers website.
Thanks to Steve B., Barbara and Jeff for the information and Jeff and Steve C. for the photographs.