Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Birding around Fairfield this Afternoon


This photo was not taken in Fairfield but along the canal near to Fairfield. The location is the stump of (I think) an ash tree, which has a crack where blue tits are bringing up their second brood. I watched this male great spotted woodpecker trying to get at the nestlings or eggs and heard the alarm call of the blue tit. Then, suddenly, the blue tit butted the much bigger bird off and it fell about ten feet. The woodpecker starting climbing back up the front, but soon gave up.


On the arable field the lapwings were giving some poor pheasants grief by dive-bombing them.


On the Fauna path stood this male reed bunting, and I managed to get a photo before a dog disturbed it and it flew into big meadow.