Decent numbers of birds are coming to the feeders in the garden although there has been a decrease in Goldfinches compared with the numbers seen in December and January. Siskins, on the other hand, are starting to increase with 5 or so visiting the garden each day now. Siskins are an irruptive species and I get very few in the garden in some years and loads in others, with last year being a particularly good year. This year looks like being a relatively poor year but there is plenty of time yet as the main period runs from now until mid-April.
|Adult male Siskin 10/02/2017|
Ringed 12/04/2016 near Orrell, Greater Manchester
Caught by ringer 30/01/2017 Ffynnon, Llanfynydd, Carmarthenshire
Movement 201 km SSW, duration 293 days
The other significant news from the garden is the near total absence of House Sparrows this winter. I am lucky if I see one a week these days and sometimes the gap has been longer. I have probably seen Brambling in the garden more often this winter which is something I couldn't have imagined saying just a few years ago.
|Female Brambling 10/02/2017.|
A rare visitor to the garden but seen more frequently than House Sparrow this winter!