Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Garden Birds

Hello all,
I've just had a fantastic bird land in my garden: a male Sparrowhawk. Although these are relatively common, you only ever "see them leaving." Sadly, by the time my brain had registered my surprise, the Sparrowhawk departed, and back came the House Sparrows. Of course, having predators is a fantastic sign of bird populations in the area: a predator won't be where there isn't food! Hopefully, this beautiful bird will become a frequent visitor to the garden.

Bird round up of the week
As far as garden birds go, good numbers of House Sparrow, who are using both the fat ball feeder and seed feeder, with 4 males and 4 females in the garden constantly! Goldfinches also turned up, with 3 or 4 in the garden for most days of the week, but with only brief visits. A Chiffchaff/ Willow Warbler graced my garden yesterday, followed by the call of another Chiffchaff. Robins were regulars throughout the week, with 2 usually present, and 3 woodpigeons all week were welcome. A frequent trio of Blackbirds were also there all week, with 4 dunnocks beneath the feeders as well. Only 6 blue tit records all week and 4 great tit records, plus one coal tit. As far as birds of prey go, an excellent week, with the male Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, 2 Buzzard and one peregrine!!!

A car journey to Wembley on Sunday (sadly Oxford lost) proved fruitful, with my first Swallow of the year, plus 7 Buzzard, 5 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 5 Roe Deer, 1 Jay and a cormorant with three mallard and two mute swan!

All in all, a decent week!

George


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