|Small is beautiful: 55 species have now been logged on the garden list.|
I took this photo four days ago, but despite a slight thaw much of the snow has remained. I'm currently keeping six feeders topped up - three with mixed seed, one with sunflower hearts, one with niger seed and the last with a suet treat block (the treat in this case being mashed insects). On top of that is a daily scattering on the lawn of mushy apples, kitchen scraps and a ground-feeding mix containing cereal and raisins as well as mixed seed. Most of the bird food I provide is from Garden Bird Supplies, and excellent it is too.
|This male Blackcap is the second in a week to visit the garden.|
|One of today's many Goldfinches. A niger feeder has been specially|
acquired; birds were lured down to feed by playing recordings of calls.
Here's what I've recorded in or from the house/garden intermittently over the last eight days (peak counts/number of different individuals given where known): Black-headed Gull (five), Common Gull, Herring Gull (three), Lesser Black-backed Gull (one), Woodpigeon (seven), Feral Rock Dove (two), Collared Dove (two), Ring-necked Parakeet (one), Great Spotted Woodpecker (one), Wren (one), Dunnock (one), Robin (two), Blackbird (four), Song Thrush (one), Mistle Thrush (two), Redwing (20), Fieldfare (10), Blackcap (two), Great Tit (three), Blue Tit (four), Coal Tit (one), Long-tailed Tit (five), Starling (10), Carrion Crow (three), Jay (two), Magpie (two), Chaffinch (five), Greenfinch (five), Goldfinch (50+), Siskin (one).And still no House Sparrows ...