Sunday

A busy garden yesterday, no doubt due to the cold weather. Our goldcrest busied itself on its regular route from one of the bird cakes then along the low potted shrubs in the gazebo and up into the curly hazel. Blue tits and great tits flew to and fro from the peanuts feeders, carefully selecting and taking individual nuts away.  A plump coal tit occasionally joined this pursuit, readily identifiable from its size, duller colours and white patch on the back of its head and nape.

Goldfinches crowded the sunflower seed, buzzing and chattering. Greenfinches kept themselves to the far end of the garden, squabbling as ever. Though not scarce, there appear to be a lot fewer this winter than previously. Alongside these, a few chaffinches busied themselves feeding along the garden path.

Our resident blackbirds were present in good numbers, enjoying the apple slices and bird crumble spread on the ground. The males are starting to get aggressive towards one another, a sure sign of lengthening days and the early onset of the breeding season. Feeding amongst them, our now resident pied wagtails, running around like spring driven toys.

Other birds included robin, long-tailed tits, starlings  a wren and briefly, although I didn’t see it myself, a great spotted woodpecker very briefly.Goldcrest

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  • About

    In this blog we'll describe the day to day comings and goings of the birds in our Devon garden.
  • About us

    Tony is a naturalist and environmental artist. Laura is a free range creative web and print designer. We've recently moved from the village of Ipplepen to the town of Newton Abbot with our two children Ralph and Oli, our dog Henry, and numerous cats (none of whom would ever dream of eating birds).
  • Species List

    List of species, including only those birds that land in the garden:
    Blackbird
    Blackcap
    Blue tit
    Brambling
    Bullfinch
    Carrion Crow
    Chaffinch
    Chiff chaff
    Coal tit
    Collared dove
    Dunnock
    Fieldfare
    Goldcrest
    Goldfinch
    Great spotted woodpecker
    Great tit
    Greenfinch
    House Sparrow
    Jay
    Long tailed tit
    Magpie
    Mistle thrush
    Nuthatch
    Pied wagtail
    Redwing
    Robin
    Siskin
    Song thrush
    Sparrowhawk
    Starling
    Wood pigeon
    Wren

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