Twite at feeders

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02nd May 2015


Twite are a common breeding species in Skye and Lochalsh and the majority of birds migrate in winter. Recent ringing studies have shown that our birds move east to Angus and north-east Scotland, with the occasional bird in Orkney. When birds return in the spring there is a shortage of natural seed and many will forage in gardens. It is not unusual to see them below garden feeders or even on seed trays. However, it does seem unusual to see them actually using nyger feeders as shown in Stephen MacDonald's photograph at Morar. Similar behaviour has also been recorded at Mallaig this year. Is this the start of something new or has anyone else recorded it?