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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Firecrest delight

A trip today up to Banstead Downs Golf Course was rewarded with the presence of a male and a female Firecrest which showed well near post 678 along the wooded footpath there.

I kept careful track of these birds, their local movements and their numbers last winter and was horrified to watch their numbers rapidly dwindle after habitat destruction at the golf course. I got the support of some local birders and we were approached by a local newspaper on the issue, we ended up getting the front page!

It was a true delight to re-discover these fantastic little birds a short walk from my front door and I hope they have a successful winter at the golf course.

See my local patch blog for more details.