Well it seems that winter is hanging on just a little longer than everyone hoped, and freezing cold north-easterly winds and snow flurries have kept me very much confined to my house! I really wish that spring would hurry up!
Even though it has been mighty chilly I have still been bird watching... just from the back door! I noticed the blue tits have been investigating the bird box which we put up again after its winter clean out. I am quite content watching the chaffinches while they barge each other off the feeders and the long tailed tits flitting around the garden like little mice with wings!
|Blue tit on the bird box|
|How many long tailed tits can fit on one bird feeder?!|
|LTT in flight|
I often ponder whether there is a kind of hierarchy in the garden bird world, I think there probably is! The GSW is definitely top bird, probably followed by the starling then the great tit. Followed by the chaffinch and the house sparrow, the greenfinch, the goldfinch and then the blue tit and the long tailed tit. The little wren doesn't really fit in this category, but I definitely think it would give some of these birds a run for their money! Another thing I wondered was if there was some way I could work out how loud us humans would have to shout, to match how loud the wrens sing with regards to body size?! Any ideas?!
|Chaffinch, house sparrow, great tit and goldfinch!|
|The back of a greenfinch|
|and.. it from the front|
|LTT and blue tit sharing the remaining fat ball|
While I was watching the birdies, Bracken was sitting back, relaxing...with his legs crossed!
Hopefully spring will have sprung before I post again and there will have been some nice still days so I can go and find the bearded tits which have been seen/heard down the road from me!