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Now, safely a little in the arms of the May tree the smaller birds feel safer and the Collared Doves cannot access the feeder

I should first like to share some good, practical information with you.

We changed the position of our main seed feeder for the birds from an open spot to a position into the branches of a May tree but still visible from our window.

Previously I had attached to the bottom of the feeder a wide base which caught seeds which otherwise would have fallen to the ground.

In these circumstances it had been dominated by Collared Doves to the detriment of our smaller birds.

Now, safely a little in the arms of the May tree the smaller birds feel safer and the Collared Doves cannot access the feeder.

We regularly now see species from our window previously rarely seen. Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits, the latter once in a family of group of twelve. Wonderful !

Also Green Finches in pairs. Unusual for this species, sadly declining through a disease passed on by feeders. (Do remember to clean your feeders regularly ). Robins and a special visit from a Gold Crest and of course, an abundance of perky, bustling House Sparrows.

Our friends Mary and Frank have their feeders under an overhanging hedge in their back garden and have similar success with their sightings. So the message is clear.

If you want to see a maximum of our garden birds, choose a similar position if you are lucky enough to have one and you greatly improve your chances of doing so. Good luck !

May I remind you that we have the good luck to have the Eastbourne Group of the R.S.P.B. using the St. Wilfrid’s Church Hall for their meetings (usually, a talk/slide show on various species of birds.

The meetings are held monthly, except in July and August, at 2.15pm and repeated at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month. You will be warmly welcomed and probably find someone you already know there, apart from Vi and I.

Finally, a welcome to Ian Dixon and David Kavanagh both of whom have recently moved to Pevensey Bay and clearly have an interest in Nature.

Ian emailed me to say he had seen that striking and little seen bird, the Black Redstart on the coastal side of the Environment Agency’s site in Coast Road.

Although we have a resident population there is also a little migrant movement. I have seen them some years in our back garden which is on the beach.

David sent me a beautiful photo of a fox posing magnificently in a stretch of long grass. He had spotted it on a walk between Normans Bay and Pevensey Bay. Thank you gentlemen ! Enjoy the beauty of Nature !

Alan Everard has been painting for many years. He is a watercolourist and specialises in painting Thames Sailing Barges.

23561445_1690571917661944_4233703498160816607_nTHE JOURNAL: BAY SOCIETY: Alan Everard: A Brush with Nature First published in the Pevensey Bay Journal, the independent tabloid newspaper for Pevensey Bay: edition 16, 28 February 2018:

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