Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Garden Birds Last Week

Well the weather was very mixed for my garden birds last week. Lovely sunshine at the beginning of the week was replaced by strong wind, rain and a drop in temperatures with some sunny spells at times.

Goldfinch picture
Only managed to catch this Goldfinch from a distance.
We have seen the Goldfinches again but it seems they are no longer collecting nesting material. They are up and down in the front and to the rear of our house and have been seen in the Pear tree. It seems like they are now after food but I have yet to see them on the feeder or the bird table, although I did catch sight of one drinking from the bird bath.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Goldfinch Pictures

Here are a few more Pictures of the Goldfinch that I managed to snap while he was collecting nesting material. I know they are not good from a photographic point of view, but I could only get the range using the 10x zoom on my video camera and using the stills facility. I wanted to capture the Goldfinches from an interest point of view  and to have a record of their activity in the garden.

One interesting observation I did make, was that while the bird pictured was busy gathering together a beak-full of material, its mate would be close by as though keeping guard. This could be a strategy they use so that one bird can concentrate fully on the task while the other one is the lookout watching for any signs of danger.

Goldfinch pictures number 1
The Goldfinch thinks this is going to be lovely for lining the nest




Goldfinch Pictures number 2
He finds it's not so easy to pull apart and gather in manageable pieces
Goldfinch Pictures number 3
The Goldfinch is pulling hard but that one last strand just will not break
Goldfinch Pictures number 4
The Goldfinch things he looks quite handsome sporting this nice white beard
Goldfinch Pictures number 5
A beady eye, but will he really fly carrying all that?

Well yes, actually he did.

Goldfinch Pictures.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Goldfinches

Goldfinches
These delightful little birds have been regular visitors during the last few days, obsessed with the task of collecting nesting material. Initially they were pulling out the strands of coconut matting from the liner of a hanging basket but then their attention turned to some lovely soft, downy, Kapok. It is likely that the coconut fibre would be used in the construction of the outer structure of the nest and that the Kapok was then used to provide a warm and cosy lining.

I did not see any of the Goldfinches yesterday and so far none have been observed today, this could indicate that the nest building is complete. I wonder if they will return or if their visits were solely for the collecting of the nesting material?


Picture of Goldfinch collecting nesting material
The Goldfinch takes a liking to this soft, white, fluffy stuff.



"This will make a lovely warm nest"


"If only I could pull these strands apart"
 

"Ah that's better, this could be just right"

  
"Oh yes, the wife will love me for this"