Sunday, 12 February 2012

After the and some fun!

The list of singing birds in the garden gets longer, no virtuoso performances perhaps, apart from the Song Thrushes, who know no other way! 


 I have heard Greenfinches, House Sparrows 'chirriping', Coal Tits, Goldcrests and two that don't advertise themselves around the bird feeders, Wren and Dunnock.  The Dunnock, literally 'small brown bird' has a fragile, short song, with a hint of shyness that belies their more 'interesting' social behaviour.. suffice to say they are frequently seen in threes in the breeding season! Their song may be lacking in drama, but it is delivered very frequently as the temperatures have risen in recent days. 

You probably won't see cooked Basmati Rice listed as a bird food ingredient, but a Jay was very pleased to avail of my largesse and was in early to scoop a few mouthfuls from the lawn.. other crows also joined but they are typically absent from the garden, preferring to patrol the fields for more regular if less exotic pickings. 

Watch the birdy!

A Magpie was attracted in close to the kitchen window, for the crusty remains of a pizza scattered on the lawn, (this only happens at the weekend!). One of the adopted cats was already on the case but was outwitted by not one, but two Magpies, alert to a handy takeaway.. clever or what!

Hey Garfield!

I had enough anyway!

two for joy!

1 comment:

  1. I live in New Zealand. By far the most abundant garden bird is the (introduced European) House Sparrow. The only common avian predator of them here (that I have noticed) are Indian mynahs which sometimes attack sparrow nests. It makes me wonder if the increase in magpies in recent decades in Ireland explains their decline there. Colonial nesting attracts such predators.