Sunday, 5 February 2012


It started snowing yesterday afternoon and carried on for about 6 hours, so this morning the garden looked like this.

I got up early to clear the snow and put out some new food and clean water and I'm so glad I did because within half an hour I'd had 14 Blackbirds (including "Mr White"), 2 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Robins, 10 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 8 Chaffinches, 2 Dunnocks, 6 House Sparrows, 2 Blue Tits, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Lesser Redpolls (1 male and 1 female), 1 Collared Dove, 2 Starlings and 1 Woodpigeon. Phew! All excellent records for the BTO's Garden Birdwatch Scheme, especially the Redpolls and Long-tailed Tit, which are very uncommon winter visitors.

I managed a few photos:

Collared Dove

Starling (male, note the blue base to the beak)

Spot the Long-tailed Tit!

The Starlings have been roosting in the "Starling box" all winter and have recently started to sing. Fingers crossed for a successful breeding attempt this year.

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