Best day of the year so far

In terms of the total number of species seen in a single day , today has been the best of the year so far. Thirty four different birds, about ten short of our best ever single day total but still a decent number.

We also recorded four species for the first time since they returned after the winter away , House and Sand martin , our breeding Sedge warblers are back and we heard the first Cuckoo.

Also notable was recording seven species of the finch family in a day , Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Siskin, Linnet and Redpoll.

Our female Canada goose is sitting tight on a nest of eggs with her mate patrolling the pond and surrounding area. There is a pair of Little Grebe, seemingly breeding again as well as at least a couple of pairs of Moorhen.

Whilst it is nice to be able to see Otters, we are hoping not to get a visit to the pond as we did at this time last year which resulted in the decimation of all the water birds nests !!!

Of course the lovely sunny weather has helped, please may it continue a while yet !!


It doesn’t have to have a hooked beak to be a predator !

Just witnessed my second observation of a Magpie catching, killing and eating a Siskin.

The first time about a year ago , the Magpie, having spotted what was in all probability a young Siskin in a low growing bush, quickly flew round and round the bush, presumably confusing and panicking the little bird, then dived in and caught it. It took it off to perch on a fence where it plucked and ate the unfortunate victim. This morning I did not see the Siskin caught but did see the same consequence for the finch. We have quite a few fledgling Siskin being fed by parents in and around the garden. Another example of the reality of nature !!

We see them here, we see them there, we see the blighters every where !

We seem to be feeding an inordinately large number of Siskins just at the moment.

Not a brilliant photo taken through the back kitchen window and of course these little birds don’t stay still for very long anyway!  They are feeding on both the seed feeders, as in this picture, and also the peanut feeders. Not nearly as many, but still quite a few, Goldfinch and Greenfinch here at the moment as well.

A female Mallard appeared on the main pond yesterday with a horde of ducklings, be interesting to see how many of them she manages to keep from the various predators around. The female Canada goose is still sitting tight on the nest but it wont be long before she is out and about with her young

Still not sign of our first Swallow, very late !!!