WOODBOROUGH BADMINTON CLUB
The Tuesday Evening Badminton Club at Woodborough Village Hall are looking to recruit a couple of new players. There’s no need to feel intimidated – the standard is not very high! We play most Tuesdays from about 8.15pm to around 9.30pm.
If you would like to give it a go, please ring Andrew on 07948 729577 and leave a message containg your name and phone number – men, women, young and not-so-young are all welcome.
Photo – John Harding
The Reed Bunting
A winter visitor to your bird table
Despite the name of this bird, it doesn’t necessarily live amongst reed beds. There was a time when its habitat was predominantly marshes and fens but over the years many such areas have been drained and since the 1960’s the Reed Bunting can be found on moorland, conifer plantations, grassy sand dunes and oilseed rape fields. In fact, densities of this species are highest in the latter. During the winter months, they are often joined by Scandinavian migrants and they will roost together in large numbers for safety. In winter and early spring when there may be a shortage of seed in the natural environment, they may venture in to gardens.
The Reed Bunting is similar in size to the House Sparrow but it has a longer notched tail, and streaked underparts. The upperparts are reddish brown with dark streaks. The male has a smart black head and white collar and moustache. In winter, the head and neck of the male turns a dull brown which can make identification rather tricky. The upperparts of the female are slightly lighter than the male, the underparts are the same but the female has a brown head and buff throat all year round.
In spring the male establishes his territory with a rather weak and simple call. The female only will construct a nest either on the ground or very close to it amongst undergrowth. The first clutch is laid in May. The Reed Bunting is known to be the most adulterous bird in Britain and over half the chicks in a nest may not have been fathered by the female’s mate. Both parents feed the young on an insect diet until they are fledged and they will protect their young by feigning injury to draw the attention of a predator from the nest. They will sometimes raise two broods but sometimes the second brood will perish if crops are cut in summer. However, they seem to survive spraying with herbicides.
At this time of year, keep an eye out for this bird in your garden.
Jean is a voluntary Ambassador for the British Trust for Ornithology’s Garden BirdWatch scheme in Nottinghamshire. If you enjoy watching birds and other wildlife which visit your garden, Garden BirdWatch may be perfect for you. If you would like a free information pack about the scheme, contact Jean at email@example.com or visit www.bto.org/gbw