Posted by: Sian Musgrave | November 7, 2011

The birds, the birds…..

Winter is definitely beginning to bite and so, on Friday, Sian and I took a drive over to the Vile to see how our ‘giant bird table’ was getting on. We have two fields on the Vile which we planted sparsely with barley to allow the rare arable wildflowers to grow during the summer and then left the crop un-harvested to provide easily available food for the farmland birds during the tougher winter months.

In just a brief 10 minute visit we saw large flocks of starlings, skylarks, linnets, chaffinch, wrens, blackbirds and sparrows!

This morning saw the first serious frost of the winter on Gower and it is on days like this when the arable fields will be of most use as the ground is too hard to get food from.

Just to round off an afternoon of birds we spotted a snow bunting on the track to the Rectory at Rhossili, a little tired and reluctant to move, probably blown in by the strong winds.

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