In the garden at this time of the year there is not much in the way of bright and beautiful flowers just yet. The Snowdrops are just starting to show and some early Crocus are almost out. Yet still there are many beautiful visitors to the garden. As you can see above Mrs Blackbird taking flight away.
I am blessed with the wide variety of birds that are in the garden. From the dull looking Sparrow and Dunnock to the bright and beautiful Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
Mrs Blackbird sitting still for for just a few seconds, The thing with blackbird's is they can not sit still for even one second. Terribly protective of their personal domains it is unusual to see more than one together. Although Mr & Mrs are often poking around the garden together at this time of the year. You can always tell when the Blackbird has been in the garden as the clods of earth around the bird feeders are on the lawn after I have dug it over, with him looking for food in the earth.
Another frequent visitor to the garden is Mr Wood Pigeon, always there somewhere, either on the fence, in the tree or just sitting all sad on the feeders waiting for food to magically appear in front of him. When its raining he can usually be seen moping around somewhere soaked and looking sad in some way.
Goldfinches are another frequent visitor to the garden, There is a group of around 12 that are always hanging around somewhere and decent onto the feeders, often with Greenfinches and Bullfinches all squabbling over seating rights at the feeders.
Just so you can see the others, the first is Mrs Bullfinch, followed by Mr Bullfinch and finally a Greenfinch staring with a mouthful of food. They are all usually there all at the same time.
All present and correct above, although it is not as calm as it looks, fighting, dive bombing and pushing each other around. I am not sure how much they actually eat or how much they take out and throw onto the floor. Although the Blackbirds and the Pigeon are normally on hand to pick up the bits they throw onto the floor.
There are also Great Tits ( above ) and Blue Tits ( Below ) which are also usually around the garden. We also have Long Tailed Tits but I have not been able to catch them on film as yet, but as soon as I do I will post some pictures. Usually Blue Tits are a lot smaller than the Great Tits and are generally hanging off the cakes that are left around the garden for them to feed on. Sometimes goingonto the bigger feeders when the other birds are not around. There is also a Coal Tit around but again he has proven to be a little elusive to capture on film.
Another frequent visitor to the garden is Mr Robin, although it could be Mrs, Its difficult to tell... Although he is not as shy as most of the other birds as he will get quite close especially when the ground is being dug, after the worms and bus that are dug up. Although it is very unusual for him to go onto the feeder. The robin will normally go onto the flat table but this is one of the few times I have seen him on the feeder itself.
Another visitor is one that we are quite lucky to have, A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is a frquent visitor to the garden, although he can be a little skittish and flies away when the magpies descend into the garden, he is a handsome and beautiful bird.
There are a few more birds that sometimes come to the garden, a few Doves, Starlings, although they are greedy and will in a group quickly strip all the food from the feeders. a Wren who again is quite elusive and yet to capture and a Sparrow Hawk that sometimes comes and scares all the birds away. Once I do get some of the other visitors into the garden I will post them here for you to see.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.