Tuesday, December 18, 2012

How Fickle are the Birds

With the recent cold weather, the cold frosty mornings, the days when the temperature failed to climb above the point of freezing, the garden was alive with birds. Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Robin, Wren, etcetera, etcetera, you get the picture. At the weekend the weather changed and the frost and the ice disappeared. So to it seems did the birds, they did a vanishing act.
Yesterday, although I admit that I did not spend much time in a position where I had a view of the garden, I did not see a single bird. They were in fact conspicuous by their absence. The food put out in the morning was still untouched as the afternoon turned dark.
How Fickle are the birds.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

House Sparrows | Great Tits feeding

The Great Tit loves to feed on the fatball. Fats and oils are what the birds are looking for in this cold weather. It is essential that these small birds replace the body fat that has been converted into energy and kept them warm overnight.



The Sparrows and the Great Tit are having a good time on the seed feeder and the fat ball.


The Woodpigeon wants to get in on the action too:





A male House Sparrow watches from the sidelines while taking a rest:




Ever resourceful, the Woodpigeon finds a way in beneath the feeder:


Many of the Woodpigeons are regulars and know all the tricks to getting a meal.

Bird Tally This Week

The cold weather certainly brings a change to the number and species of birds that we see in the garden.

Species in the garden:
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
House Sparrow
Starling
Blackbird (male) + (juvenile)
Robin
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Dunnock
Goldfinch
Wren

Species seen nearby or overhead:
Crow
Magpie
unidentified gulls

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

House Sparrows

With the onset of the cold weather, a greater number of  birds have been appearing in the garden. The House Sparrows visit throughout the day eating seed and enjoying the fat balls.
I wrote recently of the  problems I was experiencing with my gadgets, well the situation gets worse. I seem to have trouble with my camera. I suspect that the lens might be kaput. The pictures I have shot during the last few days have been taken with the "still capture" mode of my video camera or with my Nokia phone.
The video camera has a good optical zoom but the quality is not very good.

Here the House Sparrow is joined by a Coal Tit
 
 On top of this feeder is a conveniently placed fat ball
 
 I always place the feeders close to a tree for easier access and safety
 
" Is anyone there?"
 
 Tucking in to the fat ball
 
 Taking a rest and letting the food go down
 
Looks like there's not much more of this fat ball left 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Latest Update | My Garden Birds

Over on my other blog "Life With Woodpecker" I recently wrote about the problems I had encountered with my various computing/internet devices. Well my tales of woe I am afraid did not stop there. With everything up and running once more, I was eager to get back to posting updates on the subject of my garden birds.

Using the longer range zoom of my video camera along with the burst mode feature, I acquired quite a number of decent pictures of various species of birds in the garden. I even had some amusing shots of our local Grey Squirrel. I know I transferred them off my sd card but when I came to upload them onto this blog, I could not locate them anywhere. I literary spent hours trying to find them, searching through every directory on my notebook, on my desktop, even on Mrs Peckers laptop (because I had been sorting through pictures of our recent trip to Jersey on there) and every datastick and sd card I had. They seem to have completely disappeared.

I have tried to get a few more today but somehow I feel they are not as good.

This Woodpigeon always sits in his food.


The Robin put in an appearance again today. 


Another Woodpigeon enjoying some seed on the bird table.


This juvenile woodpigeon is waiting to tuck in but is wary of the adult below.


A juvenile Blackbird takes advantage of the food on offer.