Freezing

It seems a tad milder now, but the past week has been the coldest I can remember for a while. As I said a couple of days ago, this has brought fieldfare in to our garden, and encouraged a general increase in numbers overall. It appears this has been the case elsewhere. The national RSPB press office have issued a media release describing an influx of enquiries concerning a range of unusual garden visitors including reed buntings, yellowhammers, redpolls and grey wagtails. Even waxwings, who are in the UK in good numbers again, are making their way into gardens. On this subject, there’s a great article by Julian Hughes here on waxwings’ preferences for supermarkets, the grounds of which they do seem to be particularly fond.

My own contribution to cold weather related bird stories was a regional media release on how to keep your bird baths from freezing by floating ping pong balls in them. This appeared to go down well, resulting in four radio and one TV broadcast.

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    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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