Visitors in the garden

Long tailed tit on bird feeder peanuts

Long tailed tits feeding on peanuts

I’ve been enjoying some interesting visitors in the garden this week. Just outside my study window I’ve got a bunch of bird feeders – which can be a bit of a welcome distraction!

Long tailed tits are always on the move, and there’s a flock of 6-7 birds that stop briefly at the peanut feeders at intervals during the day. Long tailed tits aren’t commonly seen on feeders – they’re more suited to insects, spiders and berries than nuts, but my visitors are quite happy snacking on nuts!

Also around the house this week; lots of Redwings and Fieldfares, many Blackbirds (did you know some of our winter Blackbirds migrate here from Europe), Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, House Sparrows, a pair of Magpies, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Song Thrush, Rooks, Rooks and more Rooks, Common Gulls, Buzzard and Red Kite overhead, a wonderful little Goldcrest, some shell-shocked Pheasants, Tawny Owls hootin’ at night, Moorhen and Red Legged Partridge in the field at the back of the house – plus rabbits and a Fox that was wandering up the drive one evening last week.

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