Like the rest of the UK we haven’t exactly had the sunniest of June’s. Surprisingly though, during the wet and windy days the bird feeders in my garden get very busy.
Siskins have not been seen in my garden since they left when a male was seen with the finch disease on March 21st – when I slowed up on filling my feeders. You can see a video of this on here. I was delighted to see their return last week and I have tried to capture one with my camera. So, in the rain I spotted a siskin male on a feeder in a tree. I couldn’t properly see what the bird was with it so I stretched out an open window and took the photograph above. The male is seen on the bottom bar.
Siskin juvenile or female? I would now like to ask the help of the people I have met online that are knowledgeable on birds. Writing this diary/blog has enabled me to meet quite a few and I joined a bird forum to ask questions when I have been unsure. I will post the photo above to the forum later tonight – only because I am thrilled that it could be a Siskin juvenile. I have seen the female siskin in my garden this year already which you can see in videos here.
We have seen many young being fed by parents in my garden this year and what a treat this has been – dunnocks, chaffinches, greenfinches, house sparrows, blackbirds and starlings. I have to say though, that these are the ones I have spotted – I wonder if there have been others? When I was out cutting the grass the other night I noticed part of a bird’s egg shell (just before the mower went over it) that was a deep turquoise blue colour with black spots – did this belong to a song thrush. The song thrush is a regular visitor to my garden now and no longer runs away when I go out to work in the garden. Along with the blackbird and robin it keeps a close eye on what I do when I am working in the garden!