Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
BGBW isn't complicated: peer out of the window for an hour and count the max numbers of each species you see at once. Here are my counts:
- Blue Tit: 7
- Jackdaw: 7
- Chaffinch: 7
- Great Tit: 5
- Dunnock: 2
- Coal Tit: 2
- Long-tailed Tit: 2
- Greenfinch: 2
- Robin: 2
- Stock Dove: 1
- Wren: 1
- Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1
The Long-tailed Tits were a bit unexpected as I haven't often seen them in the garden. They made a beeline for the fat-block feeder which makes me wonder if they've become more regular visitors while I've been at work.
I quite often hear Stock Doves cooing from nearby, but it was a nice surprise to see one sitting in the ash tree at the bottom of the garden for a couple of minutes.
The Blue Tits were particularly hard to count, as there was constant movement between the bush and the sunflower seed feeder. At first, I'd only managed to count four at once, which seemed a bit poor, but reinforcements arrived shortly after to boost numbers.
The last bird to add itself to the list was the woodpecker. Good to see he's still a regular visitor, enjoying hacking the fat-block to pieces. They cost £1.99 each but I have a cunning plan to make my own.
Still no House Sparrows, though, never mind Starlings...
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
It'll also be great to be busy outdoors - ideal for hearing birds calling as they fly over, and I expect Skylarks will be the main source of 'noise pollution' come spring. Plus, you get Robins sitting on your spade handle, don't you?
Hopefully, we'll be able to grow loads of stuff without digging up the whole garden. This year is going to be a bit of a learning curve, as I haven't really grown stuff myself before (though I used to 'help' on my mum's allotment when I was younger). Still, throwing a few seeds in the
ground and waiting for them to sprout can't be that difficult... can it?
OK, so this is 'A garden bird blog', and I'm writing about vegetables, not birds, but to me it's all part of the same thing. Another way of enjoying the garden, and I daresay that birds might help themselves to some of the crop, too. Which is OK - up to a point...
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
In case anyone wondered, I'm still alive.
I've moved house, that's all. Here's the garden. As you can see, it's quite big and open. I can't remember the garden list so far, but after a month it does include Peregrine and House Sparrow!
House Sparrow seems to be a major rarity just here, as we've only had two records of a single female bird.
Green Woodpeckers are somewhat more frequent, and a male Great Spotted visits every day for seed.
Up to five Pheasants also visit daily and are making a bit of a mess under the feeders.
Friday, January 05, 2007
But then the Pheasants arrived. These are our wild, long-tailed chicken substitutes. Having invited themselves in from the surrounding fields, they now visit a couple of times per day to potter around on the ground below the feeders, hoovering up spilled seed.
They perch precariously on the garden fence to start with, before plopping down onto the lawn in a rather ungainly fashion, where they get to work. Four females together is the norm, and a splendid male puts in an appearance every so often.
Though it’s good that they’re picking up stuff that falls on the floor, the scratching of their feet and the pecking of their sharp beaks isn’t really doing the grass any good.
We won’t have to worry about mowing the lawn from spring, because if the Pheasants keep going at the rate they are, there will only be moss left by then.
But they’re characterful and comical, so they can stay. Just hope that we aren’t overrun with Pheasant poults later on.