the lovely colours of magpie feathers


The most beautiful feathers of a lonely magpie that now visits the bird-table every day to our delight.
And other regular visitors to our bird-table right now are some starlings, beautifully covered in silvery speckles.  And there are the blue tits, the great tits and the coal tits in fairly good numbers.  Another observation is that most birds look quite well fed this autumn, especially the sparrows, they look almost obese.  

Dear friends and followers, I have been almost absent from my blog for over a month now, this is because, apart from travelling, I am doing two on-line courses at the moment and my energy and time to attend to my blog is just not there.  In another week or two one of my courses will be finished and I hope to be back to normal.  Meanwhile I wish you all well and I look forward to catch up with you all soon.  Kind regards, Agnes

ANTICS OF THE FEMALE CHAFINCH

This morning I spotted these birds at the peanut feeder, and I could not be sure if it were female Chaffinches or some other bird, there were four of them on the feeder, and they were fierce in trying to outdo each other getting peanuts. To the left there is a Sparrow that is for sure. I took a few photos to try and identify these birds positively but have not managed to do so, the closed I got to it was a Chaffinch, so it probably is.
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Female Chaffinch waiting to go on to the feeder.

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BIRDS SONG AND CROCUSES

The last two days we have had no sunshine, it has been misty, but early in the morning the birds are singing to their hearts content. It’s lovely to wake up to these beautiful sounds and it sure makes you feel that spring is here though the weather seems to be a little behind just now.

This little Wren is one of our residents in the garden, it is lovely to have these perky little birds around, soon they will make their nests in our hedge.

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And bright yellow Crocuses opening up in the garden.

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The song of the Blackbird is one of my favourites, and I hope that we have a lot of visitors also this summer so we can enjoy their song everyday.  The Finch family is well represented, today I also saw a green Finch, a female.  Let them all nest and produce lots of offspring so that we can enjoy a good variety of beautiful birds in our gardens, they are lovely company.

FEEDING AT THE BIRD TABLE

Every winter it’s bird feeding time, but especially when it gets very cold, and the months early in the year when a lot of the berries have been eaten, and food might be scarce. So it is an every morning pleasant shore to put seeds out for a variety of birds. New this year are several Great Tits, they mainly feed from the peanut feeder. We also have Blue Tits and sometimes have seen a Coal Tit. Robins at the last count was only two, it seems they might be a pair. First birds on the bird table are mostly the Collared Doves, we have up to six of them. Then come the Rooks, the Jackdows, The Hooded Crows, and the Starlings, last year there were very many Starlings, but this year so far I have only counted one! Sparrows and Dunnocks are also plentiful, and a variety of finches of course. I sometimes see a little Wren and it makes my day as they sing so beautifully and we hope that they will nest in the hedgerows. We don’t have pets like cats or dogs, but the wild birds are taken very seriously and enjoyed greatly.
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