Saturday, 21 May 2011

Garden News - 21st May 2011

It's been quite a while since I blogged about the birds in my garden, so I thought I'd better update you, especially as there have been some interesting developments this week.

First up is the increase in finch numbers in the garden over the last few weeks. We're very lucky to have good numbers of Goldfinch regularly visiting the feeders to  feast on the sunflower hearts, but this week they've been joined by at least three Chaffinches, a pair of Bullfinches and some absolutely stunning male Greenfinches.These birds all look really bright at the moment and will hopefully be bringing their young in the near future.

Goldfinch and male Greenfinch

Male Bullfinch

Talking of youngsters, this week has also brought the first juvenile birds of the year into the garden. The first was a young Blackbird which appeared today, followed this afternoon by a young Dunnock.

Juvenile Blackbird

The Magpie nest which was featured earlier this year appears to have young in it. I haven't actually seen them as the nest is now completely covered by the leaves, but whilst out in the garden this afternoon one of the adults flew in and chicks could be heard calling.

Finally, "Mr White" a leusistic (partially white) Blackbird that has been living in the garden since September 2010 is still alive and well. I've recently been putting meal worms out to help adult birds feed their young and Mr White has been a regular visitor as the awful photo below shows! Sorry about the photo quality but I had to take it  through  the window!

Mr White

Hopefully it won't be long before the first Goldfinch chicks appear. I'll let you know as soon as it happens.

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