|The 19 present today.|
A tonne of apples works out at around 7,000 apples so that means I have put out around 14,000 apple halves over the past 80 days. Quite a lot of those apples have been put in the trees using the extension ladder and I estimate that I have climbed over 3,000ft in the process. If you total up the number of Waxwings I have seen over the past 80 days it gives a total of 5951 bird days. These figures give an average of 168g of apple per day per bird over the period although I have yet to crunch the numbers in detail and there is some wastage to make an allowance for. The average consumption is likely to be just under 150g per bird each day over the time I have been feeding them.
|A very green scene compared to a couple of weeks ago.|
|Looks quite plump but still needs to put on a few more grams.|
|A very pear shaped Waxwing, all the weight has gone south on this bird.|
|This bird attacked out of the sun early yesterday morning.|
One of several failed attacks made yesterday.
|The bird on the right is a warm brown colour typical of Lesser Redpolls but the bird on the left is a much colder grey colour with whiter wing bars more suggestive of Common (Mealy) Redpoll.|