The main attraction has been the Hawfinch, There have been two on occasions but largely it has been one, a female.
I know people have often travelled some distance to see the birds.
Personally my favourites are the Brambling, I love the differing colours.
I have met some very nice people up there, yesterday was no exception, I met Jenni, we chatted for some time about the birds. Jenni kindly offered some money towards the food costs, I tried to decline it but she insisted. It was what she said that pleased me the most, she said that she enjoyed being up there and appreciated my efforts. That summed up what the feeder station has become for me. It's a small effort but it is great knowing that it is appreciated. It brings joy and that, in this day and age, can't be bad.
It would be nice if the Forestry Commission could do something similar, using some of the car parking fees at Mallards Pike and other spots to fund it, or maybe even sponsorship from local businesses involved in the Forest.
Just an idea.