|Posted on February 2, 2014 at 7:20 AM|
So last weekend was the official RSPB Garden Birdwatch where we could report sightings of birds in our gardens to establish trends in the wildlife population . . except like Wimbledon before the cover over the centrecourt or Cricket on a cloudy day the event was at least in my garden largely 'rained off'. Which is a shame because fast forward a week to today and my garden is full of birds battling to reach the seed on my bird tables. Obviously as a producer of bird tables I have my prototypes in use in my own garden to ensure they 1-last 2-dont blow over and most importantly 3- attract birds. Obviously I am pleased to report success in all categories but relating to last weeks rained off event this week by comparison is like the January Sales on Oxford Street.
Spending the lions share of time on my bird tables was a rather splendid Chaffinch. My actual favourite visitor a resplendent rouge pink cloured Bullfinch made his presence noted but sadly was bullied away by a rather lively but tiny Blue tit. Visitations were made by a Robin , some Blackbirds and comically a Woodpigeon who I seriously thought I would have to rescue from my hanging bird table so snuggly did he seem within. Food wise I use a mix of sunflower hearts and a general wild bird seed which I mix 50/50 to keep costs down. This seems popular with all the birds. I do have a hanging feeder which I put black sunflower seeds in as the Blue Tits really seem to like these. So after a quiet weekend last weekend normal service has been resumed.
Today visitors so far Chaffinches-Bullfinches-Blue Tits-Robins-Blackbirds-Woodpigeons , notable absentees seen recently on my tables are sme Great Tits and Coal Tits. Not viviting my tables but scrubbing around the lawn as usual were a Dunnock and some more Blackbirds. waiting for the first Starlings to come yet though. See here for the sights and sounds of the visitors to your bird tables...
Todays winning fat bellied seed eater on my table was . . .