The birds in my garden are really important to me. Before we moved to this house the previous owner had fed the birds for over 40 years. There was no way I was going to stop, there might have been an “urban extension” bird-riot.
We’ve got a lot of tits in the garden at the moment. Not the double-d variety (although I’m sure my other half would like that), these are the feathery kind. The fab-four are blue tits, coal tits, long tailed tits and great tits. I managed to catch all four on video today as you can see below.
The next foursome are the dunnock, robin, blackbird and greenfinch. These birds are always in the garden, winter or summer you’re guaranteed to hear and see them.
The bullfinches are one of our favourite birds (along with the spotted flycatchers that arrive in May). Although they are supposed to be “hard to spot” “secretive” and “elusive” ours are downright cheeky and gregarious.
I managed to catch this female feeding the male (how sweet!). I know there are at least three pairs in the area. Hopefully all of them will successfully fledge their chicks again this year.
Lastly, I thought I’d better introduce you to “tree rat”. He eats all the bird seed, knocks the bird feeders down and generally gets into lots of trouble. He is a pest, and I think is now official classed as “vermin”.
This one looks like he’s had mange and lost a band of fur around his chest. However, when you watch this clip … how could you say anything but ahhhhhhhh?