Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Garden stuff

Local patch: these last few days were pretty calm with no birding done apart from the usual checks of the garden and my home surroundings. Birds of note yesterday included 5 Mute Swans swimming on the sea - always a quite odd bird to see here. A remaining Mute Swan was also seen today, along with a group of 9 Great Crested Grebes.
Top bird at the feeder was a Goldfinch a few days ago (see first pic) that came down to feed on the lawn. Otherwise pretty much the same species: Coal, Blue and Great Tits, House Sparrows & Chaffinches, Blackcap, Dunnock, Robin, ect. Usually a Goldcrest or two is present in the conifers and up to four Hawfinches are seen sitting on the highest treetops. The usual pair of Sparrowhawks is also on patrol (see above). Today a Grey Wagtail passed over the house and a party of 5-7 Long-tailed Tits is now seen regularly as well (last pic).
Other more or less daily birds include Cirl Bunting, Black Redstart, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and a load of migrant Blackbirds.
Yet there are some signs of springs in the form of singing Great and Blue Tits and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker was also heard the other day.