Sunday, 9 December 2012

Getting in the good books

The strong and gusty winds ruled out any mist-netting today so I decided to do a few chores around the garden. I have been neglecting my domestic duties due to ringing and it was an opportunity to do a bit of catching up. I decided to tackle the back of the house first but I still managed to get in a bit of garden birding in between bouts of clearing leaves, cleaning drains and doing some pruning.

Amongst the regular garden visitors were around 50 Goldfinches that made frequent visits to the feeders in the front garden. A Pied Wagtail fed on crumbs that had fallen from the fat cakes and a male Blackcap made fleeting visits to feed on the fat cakes in between visits by groups of squabbling Starlings.
Two of the six feeders in the front garden. These need topping up at least every other day.

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), they often fluff their flank feathers over their wings.

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

male Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)

male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) looking very big footed in this pose.

On the next dry and windy day I will have to tackle the front garden or tidy out the garage. A ringer’s work is never done or likely to be weather permitting.

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