Red Kite

The magnificence of a soaring Red Kite over The College is something special to see. With a wide wingspan and a forked tail, they are unmistakeable. Despite their size and powerful beak and talons, they feed mainly on carrion. A species that was on the brink of extinction in the UK until thirty years ago, they are a real success story for the reintroduction of a native species. Their range and territory are spreading all the time and although none have been recorded nesting at Wellington it is only a matter of time. 

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

The Greater Spotted Woodpecker is one of two Woodpecker species that we have here at Wellington. The other being the Green Woodpecker. The Greater Spotted Woodpecker can be seen and often heard drumming from the trees as it looks for food in dead branches and also in Springtime can use the drumming to call a mate and establish territory. The Woodpecker nests in holes in trees that it is able to hollow out. It feeds on grubs, bugs and insects and also will take young birds from nests if it gets a chance. It is a fairly common visitor to garden bird feeders on-site as well.

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Lesser Redpoll

The Lesser Redpoll is a type of finch and an occasional visitor to the gardens of the College. The bird is brown with a red crown. The male has a slightly pinky chest. They feed on seeds and small invertebrates and are often in flocks.

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This small finch is a resident at Wellington where it can be seen amongst the quads and gardens. Often in large family flocks called Charms, they will descend en masse to feed on seeds and buds on plants.

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A type of duck known as a “sawbill”, the Goosander is often seen in January and February on Swan Lake and the neighbouring water courses. The male is a white duck with a green head and the female is grey with a brown head.

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