I made a New Year resolution to resume blogging, but what to write about first? The answer fame quickly as Lesley looked out from the kitchen window at the first frost for weeks and asked about a bird pecking fallen apples. As she suspected it was a fieldfare.
We feared the numbers were declining, perhaps with global warming pushing their migration range further north. So we were pleased to see one. Last year numbers were well down on the previous winter and we wondered whether we would see any this winter.
Meantime the goldfinches are gorging on the seeds in the feeders. People keep on asking if we put out niger seeds, which are said to attract the bright little birds.
Out experience is that they will only eat the niger in extremis. If I forget to fill feeders with sunflower hearts and seed mixes, the will go to the special niger feeder and take a few pecks before flying away.
Goldfinch numbers in British gardens have been increasing dramatically (British Trust for Ornithology) and I am not surprised given the way they hog the food.
While the tits fly to a feeder, take a seed and go back to a branch, hold it under a foot and eat, the goldfinches sit on the feeder eating away and scaring off other birds. Other finches and the tits sit on branches watching for their opportunity the moment a seeder perch is free.
My view of the birds this year is such better as I had a telescope as a combined wedding anniversary and Christmas present. I am getting better at pointing it at the right place so expect to see much more of the ways they behave.
Expect more post of birds as I strive to keep this New Year resolution.