Outside the window, a bobbing tail of the mostly monochrome Pied Wagtail waved, as if to say “Sorry, I missed last week’s photoshoot deadline for infrequent or new garden visitors during winter cold spells”. No worries, you can join the Siskin Party that rocked the garden over the weekend that followed! Why is it though,… Read More The Siskin Garden Party
Gosh is it May already? Is it really two weeks since the orange crowns of two small brownish birds were spotted jumping through feeders? At the time, I video grabbed a short piece of shaky footage for an ID and discovered they were Redpolls! Redpolls? I never imagined this was a species that would ever… Read More Highlight of April gardenwatching – Redpolls!
Frantic rushing about to beat the queues… Fridays can be a bit mad. No, I’m not referring to the mass exodus out of company car parks heralding the end of the working week (for some). I’m talking about the busy lunch hour and picking up something to eat.Do you go for the busy area with… Read More The lunchtime rush
Over the weekend I’ve had a bit of a challenge trying to ID a visiting bird to my garden. Wow… the pale yellow colouring of this bird was really noticed in the flock of birds descending on the feeders on Saturday afternoon. It was raining quite hard at the time and raindrops were all over… Read More Spot the birdie
My Acer palmatum Sango Kaku looks stunning lit with early morning sun at this time of year. Its coral branches just look fantastic especially when covered in frost at the same time as they were this morning. However this tree is also quite a hot spot for the birds in my garden especially on sunny… Read More Hot spot
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… Read More Busy, busy
July will undoubtedly be remembered for rain, winds and more rain! However, today in my garden it was seen out with a bright sunny day. Although I had perhaps been a bit optimistic in removing the cover from our table and chairs for our evening meal! A Jungle is a good description of some areas… Read More July, Jungle and Juveniles
Watching my garden and taking photographs in it has made me more aware of how it looks with differing degrees of light levels during the day. It is amazing how quickly these levels change and how the essence of vibrant colours lit by evening sun just dissolves in a second. Last night I was trying… Read More Evening sun
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 –… Read More Siskin male and who?
From time to time I spot particularly fat birds with fluffed-up plumage at the feeders. They are generally lethargic and don’t seem to bother when I walk up close to them. After about five days after noticing a bird like this I usually never see it again. Siskin with Trichomoniasis disease video, 0:40 with background… Read More Fat birds – Finch disease