Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

** Garden Watch. Day 2, And A Male Blackcap.**

Another day of snowy weather, and cold with it, so I spent another day on and off watching the birds in the garden. One species of bird that has been circling around the area all day looking for food was the Gulls. I have never had so many Gulls over the garden, or even bettter  "In"" the garden.before, so I put out some extra food just for the Gulls, ie soaked bread leftover scraps etc spread along the path. Today at one stage I had 2 Common Gulls, and 6 Black Headed Gulls actually feeding on the ground rather than land, grab it and fly off. I never thought I would be adding Common Gull to my garden list as a feeding bird, rather than a fly over.
The species that made the list today was much the same as yesterday, except for a male Great Spotted Woodpecker,
and I also had the company of not 2, but 4 Reed Buntings, 2 male, and 2 female. I first picked the female's out when they was with the House Sparrow's at the far end of the garden by their distinctive tail flicking. (Again please excuse the picture quality, you all know what it's like shooting through double glazing.)

2 male Reed Buntings.
2 Female Reed Buntings
Then later in the afternoon The female Blackcap came back to feed, and a short while after a male turned up to join her, I guess she has been spreading the word as to where all the good food joints are.

The 2 species that never appeared today was: Long Tailed Tit, Grey Wagtail. The ones that did was as follows:Blue Tit, Blackbird, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Robin, Blackcap, common Gull, B/H/Gull, Common Gull, W/Pigeon, C/Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Magpie.
Below is a few random photo's.

Blue Tit

Wood Pigeon
and finally a block of Blackbird photo's.

I thought I would pick a garden bird of the day so after thinking about it, my Bird of the Day is the * Common Gull.*
It may not be the prettiest, but it's not something I see every day.


  1. I'd Go along with the Common Gull Ken :-)

    But some great birds in today!

  2. Some very nice pics there today Ken. Well done with the Blackcaps, not had one in the garden yet this year.

  3. Ken ,
    Really great variety of garden birds .
    Very envious of your Reed Buntings .
    Nice shots of the Blackcaps .
    Keep warm .