It has been a while since I did any garden birdwatching, and that must have been a omen to do it. After about 20 minutes while I was watching the Great Tits, Blue Tits, and L/T/Tits in the bush just along from the kitchen window feeding on the fat cake, and whole peanuts and sunflower hearts, taking them away to eat safely, along came a COAL TIT. I couldn't believe it. That is not only a first for my garden list, taking my life tally to 62, that includes fly overs, but also for Halling list taking that total to 102.
I thought it might it might just be passing through, but it stayed all day. I decided to to keep a eye out today, Monday to see if it would turn up again, and it did, but this time it brought a mate with it, brilliant, all I can hope is it stays around for a long time. All the time there is food I don't see why not.
The peanut feeder didn't stay full for long. They say a elephant never forgets, well nor does a Jay. Last winter it was back and forth continually and yesterday one turned up, I couldn't believe it, and the another one joined it on another visit. Last winter at times I had 3 in the garden.
After having a break and coming back for another watch I was even more surprised. I thought the Coal Tit was the highlight, but I was taken aback to find a female BRAMBLING feeding at the top of the garden with the finches. I tried to get a photo of it for a record shot which I did but is isn't good. I am struggling with taking pictures at times now. I am waiting to go into hospital to have painkilling anti-inflammatory injections in every knuckle due to very bad osteo-arthritis. I know what to expect because I have had it done before.
Back to birding, below is the pic I took.
As with the Coal Tit, I was hoping that it might return today, and it did, I told Pam where it was and she had a good look at it through the bins. I haven't heard of many being around at the moment, I feel quite privileged to have one in the garden at this time of the year, I am normally lucky to see one deeper into the winter. To end the day yesterday a female SPARROWHAWK shot over the roof chasing some Starlings. Another garden bird I don't see very often is a Wren, and that has been showing well.
I cannot remember having so many birds in the garden at this time of year before..
Below is a list of the birds that I saw yesterday and today.
BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, L/T/TIT, COAL TIT, CHAFFINCH, GOLDFINCH, GREENFINCH, BRAMBLING, HOUSE SPARROW (daily visit of about 15-20) ROBIN, DUNNOCK, WREN, STARLING, BLACKBIRD, C/DOVE, W/PIGEON, JAY, SPARROWHAWK,
FLY OVER: MAGPIE, C/CROW, JACKDAW, B/H/GULL, C/GULL, HERRING GULL, .
Now for my Bird of the Day which is the *** COAL TIT.***