Sunday, 26 April 2009
Steady few days
This is the best shot I could get of the Greenfinch that visited the feeders last week. It's not too bad I guess! Unfortunately haven't seen the Greenfinch since, of course I don't watch the feeders the whole day so it could have been around.
The Goldfinch are here every day still, 3 or 4 at a time still squabbling over the food even though there is plenty. The little Robin practically lives in the garden at the moment, along with two Starlings that I think are nesting somewhere in the eaves of our house. One has something wrong with its foot and has trouble hanging on to the seed tray, which produces some interesting acrobatics, he does manage in the end though.
The pair of Mistle Thrush have been back again a few times, a Starling chased one out of the tree earlier and it sat on the washing line - i'm just hoping that it hasn't pooped on hubbys dressing gown! There have also been a pair of Blue Tits coming in for a few peanuts too. We have been able to have the patio doors open with the gorgeous weather and have had a great view of the birds. I can even manage to get my little one to sit quietly with me in the door way to watch the birds for a while too. Our Woodpigeon is getting used to us and gets quite close to the house and sits on the patio table. He sometimes has a mate too. The Collared Doves are back to being a pair again and keep chasing off a third one that trys to come in for food. One of the Doves has a bit of a running battle with a Magpie too, which usually ends up with feathers flying as they chase each other about. As i've been typing there has been a pair of Dunnocks hopping round the garden too.
We headed out to visit friends this afternoon and the weather stayed nice despite the rain forecast. I did spot a Lapwing on the way along with the usual Crow's, Jackdaws and Rooks. I saw a few Swallows, a Chaffinch and a duck that was too far away to ID but no doubt a Mallard. We went searching for the The Heronry and Waterton Countryside Discovery Centre on the way home and found it and had a quick look to see what it was like, we didn't have time to walk anywhere today. As long as the weather is good we shall be back next weekend to explore with a visit to Rodley Nature Reserve too. Fingers crossed for the weather!