Friday, 15 October 2010

Mandarins Eat Acorns

Who knew? Not me, one of the fascinating gems to have come out of Martin Davison's excellent talk to Northumberland & Tyneside Bird Club last night entitled Kielder - The First 30 years. Sure enough it's mentioned in BWP that in autumn Mandarins switch diet to beech mast and acorns. So if you're looking for Kielder's Mandarins anytime soon might be best to check out the oak trees rather than the riverbanks.

2 comments:

Killy Birder said...

Interesting point Alan.

I've finally gotten round to joining NTBC this week so will hopefully be along to some talks in future. Cheers.

Mark Newsome said...

There are large gatherings of Mandarins on the River Wharfe in North Yorkshire (Bolton Abbey/The Strid area) in late autumn - just to feed on acorns. There have been up to c50 in recent years - rather impressive this far north!