Thursday, 7 February 2013

Garden Birds

There has been an odd thrush in the garden for some time now.  Today, the weather is improving and I have seen two thrushes together.  This confirms my previous suspicion that there is a pair of song thrushes in the area.  The male did display for us near the base of the top garden feeders today, flicking through the vegetation to find grubs and seeds.
These long tailed tits are as fast a rockets.  They invade the garden in a furious frenzy and then they are gone.  I was lucky enough to have a camera to hand when they arrived.  When it is cold and they fluff up their plumage, they look like little pom-poms on sticks.
Wow! a siskin, first time I have seen one in the garden - ever...  This year has been interesting.  Today we also saw bullfinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, sparrow, chaffinch, blue tit, great tit, wood pigeon, collared dove, magpie and robin.
This pied flycatcher was underfoot in Stone, but just a little too quick to get a good image.
I have not been too keen on the wet and cold weather, but it has caused problems reducing the availability of food for the wild birds.  Our garden feeders have seen some unusual and unexpected visitors this winter.  It will be good to see the wild birds feeding normally again, but I will miss the surprise visitors to our garden.

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