Winterwatch Extra tonight at 9pm: floods, snow, feeders and more

Tuesday 15 January 2013, 13:59

Paul Deane Paul Deane Web Producer

Coming up on tonight’s Winterwatch Extra, Euan Mcilwraith will be joined by Michaela Strachan live from our webcam truck, to get some extra gossip about the show.

First up. What's this?

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You've sent us lots of blog posts, tweets and Facebook comments about garden birds, winter feeding and how the snow & wet weather has been affecting wildlife. So keep those coming please.

We love to hear your top keeps for keeping warm in the winter, more stories of unusual wildlife sightings, plus your photos of wildlife in the snow. We’ll also be setting another quiz and keeping up with action from the live wildlife cameras. So drop us a line with any questions, and we’ll do our best to answer them (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and Email)!

Join us online at 9pm, straight after the programme on BBC2 and BBCHD for some more Winterwatch Extra!

UPDATE: Here's the answer to the quiz above. Well done to everyone who got it right. It's a baleen plate from an Sei whale

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    Comment number 1.

    I was amazed to hear you claim that the only UK grey seal colony was in Norfolk. what about the Farne Islands colony up here in Northumberland. We're much closer to Scotland and points north, why send people to Norfolk????

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    Comment number 2.

    An Interesting comment in the programme on blackcaps in winter being migrants. We had one male on the feeders in our garden in Dalkeith, Midlothian, during the bad winter two years ago. I saw none last year, but there are at least two now. Talking of "explosions" of waxwings from Scandinavia, I recall as a boy in Shetland in the 1950's an explosion of firecrests and goldcrests which I presume had blown across from Norway. They were so numerous that they were swarming to the lit windows at night like moths. I haven't seen any in ages, but there has been a goldcrest on our feeders (in particular a fat block with embedded insects) in the last few weeks. Is this likely to be a migrant or a native?
    Robin Barclay

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    Comment number 3.

    It was mentioned that waxwings don't usually migrate down south. We live in Hythe, Hampshire and took a walk from Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard and were honoured to see a group of 6 waxwings on the footpath just in front of us and they weren't at all fazed by us! We stayed to watch hem for a while it was great. Also never before seen on my feeding station a female goldcrest, excellent!

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    Comment number 4.

    I have just got into birdwatching as a stress reliever - and am finding it very therapeutic. We have a male and female black cap in our garden, and today a black/red/white woodpecker was pecking away at the fat balls. We also were very interested to see on the programme how territorial robins are, as we witnessed one 'dive-bomb' another and knock him off one of our feeders. We are based in the Midlands and are hoping to spot lots of lovely visitors to our garden.

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    Comment number 5.

    My Bird feeders in my garden attract only the local birds// sparrows starlings blackbirds blue tits robins and collard dove of witch i have a pair ? i think/ my question is how do tell

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    Comment number 6.

    can you ask what is there faviroute bird of prey and why
    and also what is there faviroute bird and why

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    Comment number 7.

    Please pronounce the word LOCH correctly! It is not LOCK but Loch!!!!

    From Mandy Duncan monikie in Scotland

    Many thanks

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    Comment number 8.

    fao winterwatch - what would be the effect of introducing a breeding stock of polar bears to the SOUTH POLE?, food supplies might be better ie penquins, but what else
    tj

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    Comment number 9.

    I have seen the mongers of Billingsgate throw fish to seals in the Thames......what seals would these be please ?

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    Comment number 10.

    One more question......... how do our smaller animals such as lizards, toads etc cope with the winter and in particular the Perma Frost ?

    Thanks

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    Comment number 11.

    Your piece on Rooks........ I recently saw 3 Rooks set about and kill an injured wood pigeon then begin to eat it....... is this natural behavior, to kill ? I know they will feed from carrion etc

    Thanks

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    Comment number 12.

    On the 18 December we had over 30 waxwings on the telegraph wires in our road in New Romney (Romney Marsh), Kent. There were 2 birds initially for a few hours, joined later by 30 plus more, feeding on our neighbours berries.

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    Comment number 13.

    My local loch was recently completely frozen thereby denying a grey heron from fishing. I felt sorry for it and dashed to the local supermarket to buy several tins of unflavoured sardines which I opened and chucked onto the ice near to where the heron stood. Was this a fruitless gesture and what could I done to relieve its plight?????

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    Comment number 14.

    Can you explain why the birds are still singing at two am where I live? That is Slough, Berks

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    Comment number 15.

    Dear Chris,
    We live in North West Donegal in Ireland.At the moment our garden is full of blackbirds and they love their apples bread etc.After winter they disappear can you tell me where they go to.Love your interesting show and we never miss it.Máirtin and Anne Marie Donegal

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    Comment number 16.

    The story of the rooks,I think it's more likely the dominant birds are higher because heat rises, not just to avoid poo germs!

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    Comment number 17.

    I used to have a pine marten in my garden in Fort William daily. He/she came to eat the custard cream biscuit I was advised by a photographer to put out for them!

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    Comment number 18.

    Jack Daw, to your question about the rooks, the answers yes, they will kill and eat other injured birds and as you discovered they attack as a gang!

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    Comment number 19.

    I am unable to watch the online programme so I'm going to miss it's content it would be good to have a Winterwatch unsprung, anyway I have been surprised by some of the birds in our West Norfolk garden 2 days ago we had a goldfinch and today we had 6 long tailed white tits all after food plus our resident robin. We are keen to see what other birds may visit our bird table and feeders in the next few days.

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    Comment number 20.

    Can someone help me out on this question? During tonights programme, the section on the flooding of the levels, an incidental clip was shown of springwatch birds feeding at their nest boxes, one bird was a tit but can anyone tell me what the other bird was? It was only a fleeting glimps, and it has a pinkish chest/body and bluey/grey back; between the size of a robin and blackbird and with a very sharp beak. I have one visiting my garden feeder feeder and I've never seen one before. Just for info I live in a very rural area of Anglesey - any suggestions please

 

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