Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Our garden birds during the cold spell in January
The fieldfares eventually took notice of the apples and two came down to knock the blackbirds off of their place at the top of the pecking order. We were delighted to see a regular blackcap male which was only the second in 25 years here. A pair of chaffinches also took up temporary residence, itself a rarity for us but the best was the appearance of three reed buntings which was a first for us. We also had our regular flock of house sparrows which I reckon to be at least two dozen strong but as they are never all there at once it is hard to say. The starlings have been making their nest for the last three weeks in our 'swift box' which the poor old swifts have never had a chance of using, the robin, dunnocks blue and great tits have also been regular and a pair of goldfinches and a single greenfinch have also graced our little plot, and lastly the wood pigeons and the collared doves complete the ensemble. Our regular wren has not been seen this year so we fear the worst there.