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Old Friday 27th November 2015, 16:15   #1
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A quick question really: Is there access to the Visitor centre and surrounding areas during Winter months. Hoping to make an impromptu drive there early this coming week hopefully to locate Crested Tits.
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Hi Dave

There is a link to the RSPB site on the article. http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoveranden...ten/about.aspx

While the visitor centre is closed in the winter months, the reserve itself is always open.
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While the visitor centre is closed in the winter months, the reserve itself is always open.
Unless the roads are closed by heavy snow, of course!
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Was there last month. People were baiting the last bench on the left before the visitor centre with seeds etc. Coal Tits were coming readily to the hand and several people have since reported a cresty on the hand too. We had at least four cresties in the immediate area.

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Really pleased to see 2 Crested Tits at the feeder area on Monday, although we had to wait over 2 hours for the first appearance. They then gave stunning views all morning and into mid afternoon.

Really pleased I made the effort to go and see these wonderfully charming birds.
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Was there last month. People were baiting the last bench on the left before the visitor centre with seeds etc. Coal Tits were coming readily to the hand and several people have since reported a cresty on the hand too. We had at least four cresties in the immediate area.

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I can certainly concur with this Gordon. The Coal Tits followed us up from the car park to the feeder area (almost checking out our pockets ) 100+ seemed to follow us. I went back to the car for some seed and the party started. Chris had 4 feeding from hand, then 3 perched ontop of his Camera Lens while dozens were happily to come and land inside the seed tub. An entertaining encounter. Two Red Squirrels showed well all morning around the feeder area, although two young lads came to video them and couldn't relocate them after waiting for an hour or more around lunch time.

Glad that we stayed with the Crested Tits for most of the day, it was nice to get to understand their habits.
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I'm so glad you got there Dave... and what a great time you had with these charmers.

Bit white outside, isn't it!!

Super pictures you've got there too.
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I can certainly concur with this Gordon. The Coal Tits followed us up from the car park to the feeder area (almost checking out our pockets ) 100+ seemed to follow us. I went back to the car for some seed and the party started. Chris had 4 feeding from hand, then 3 perched ontop of his Camera Lens while dozens were happily to come and land inside the seed tub. An entertaining encounter. Two Red Squirrels showed well all morning around the feeder area, although two young lads came to video them and couldn't relocate them after waiting for an hour or more around lunch time.

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I'm so glad you got there Dave... and what a great time you had with these charmers.

Bit white outside, isn't it!!

Super pictures you've got there too.
Cheers Delia. After weighing up the weather that was to occur last night we made the right decision to return home after seeing the Cresty. 730 miles and a new life bird

Some may call it mad, but I am a very happy bunny this morning. Not exactly a twitch but one of the most enjoyable bird watching days I can remember.
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It really Is a magical place at ALL times of the year.
Great photos,by the way.
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hi dave, the crested tit photo`s and red squirrel photo are stunning..
thanx.. J. S. D.
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hi dave, the crested tit photo`s and red squirrel photo are stunning..
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