This is a busy time of the year for family and friends but I have been very surprised at quite how busy the bird feeders have been in my garden! It hasn’t been too cold and we haven’t had snow or hard frosts. However the numbers of visiting finches really have increased greatly especially with the goldfinches but siskins are now coming to the feeders with them.
Yesterday morning I put my video camera out at 10am to see what I could capture. Although it was dull at that time you can get still an idea of the activity at one of my three hanging feeders and all were as busy throughout the day! I also have a table, two small tray feeders, a caged feeder and a fatcake guardian as well as my apples on obelisks. When watching the videos I would suggest that you turn up the volume if you would like to hear the birds chatter.
Siskins with Goldfinch & Greenfinch, 1:05 with background music, try 480p quality.
The video above shows the Siskins with a Goldfinch & Greenfinch. The male siskin is yellow and the goldfinch has red on its head. The other birds are female siskins and you can see how much smaller than the goldfinch they are – and it is small too!
Great Tit & Blue Tit video, 0:26 with background music, try 480p quality.
The video above shows firstly a great tit and then a blue tit taking advantage of a quiet moment to dash in for a takeaway of sunflower hearts. Notice that the blue tit is tiny compared to the great tit and so much quieter too. I had never noticed the great tit chatter as it came to the feeders before.
Goldfinch group video, 2:27 with background music, try 480p quality.
The final video above shows part of the goldfinch group that is visiting my garden at the moment and as you will see they are not exactly harmonious on every visit! Again if you listen you will also hear the lovely tinkling sound they make when they fly away.
January sees the return of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch for 2008 on the weekend of the 26th and 27th. I will post more details on this soon but I do hope that I will have still have the siskins, goldfinches and blackcaps visiting that weekend to add to the bird count for my garden.