Of recycled puppets and peckish redpolls

Spring certainly felt as though it was just around the corner when I unlocked the centre and hides this morning, to a noticable chorus of bird call which seems to be getting louder by the day.

The snowdrops by the Education Centre bring a welcome splash of colour, albeit white, to the greens and browns and are looking lovely with their flowers open.

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Our first close-up birds of the day were a rather colourful affair, as we were joined by a number of families who created some stunning bird puppets from a mixture of recycled and natural materials. 

Squawk!

Squawk!

Using some old newspaper, wool and an old plastic carrier bag (purple was a popular choice!) we made the head and body of our birds, before giving them some fabulous features including eyes, beaks and leafy wings. The hardest part was deciding whether they needed short legs, long legs or dangly legs… and we finished them off by attaching a stick, so we could carry them easily and they could flap around, soar, or walk… 

Our colourful bird puppets

Our colourful bird puppets

Following our puppetry adventures we headed off to the woodland hide and were rewarded with views on the feeders of siskin, long-tailed tit, nuthatch, goldfinch and more.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in photos of their sightings over the past week. We have been busy preparing for the February Half Term holiday so I’m afraid it has taken a few days for them to make it onto our blog. David Stanley-Ward was rewarded at the start of the week with some lovely sunshine and some great views of the Black-necked grebe and a Grey wagtail, both of which came close to Tern Hide.

Black-necked grebe by David Stanley-Ward

Black-necked grebe by David Stanley-Ward

Grey wagtail by David Stanley-Ward

Grey wagtail by David Stanley-Ward

David Cuddon was fortunate to capture these great images of a Goldcrest and Lesser redpoll, again earlier in the week. Thanks again for sending in your photos!

Goldcrest by David Cuddon

Goldcrest by David Cuddon

Lesser Redpoll by David Cuddon

Lesser redpoll by David Cuddon

 

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