|Greenfinch (Shay Connolly)|
You might have noticed that activity around the feeders is stepping up somewhat: colder nights and shortening days mean more and more birds are including the feeders as part of their daily routine, if not survival plan.
The results from last winters Survey have just been published in Wings magazine, ahead of this winter's survey which is still a month away.
Greenfinches are back in the top ten, at ninth, showing a slight recovery, perhaps from the pervasive Trichomonosis disease that hit their numbers over the last decade.
|Siskin drops in, end of season. (Shay Connolly)|
You will have noticed no doubt that Goldfinches are swelling their ranks, at eighth, occurring in 86% of our gardens. Siskins were welcomed back, after a really poor showing the previous winter, they dropped by at the tail end of the winter, in February 2016, to nearly 60% of gardens.
With all these positive finch stories, no surprise then that the stand out garden predator, the Sparrowhawk, was present and attending the vicinity of the feeders in over 40% of gardens. This is a very high position for this species and is a good indication of the balancing act that goes on in bird populations and the dynamic relationship between predator and prey.
|Juvenile Sparrowhawk (Shay Connolly)|
So, we have a little over a month to get our garden birds primed and ready for this winters survey, I have a couple of Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits and Linnets visiting right now, I hope they are still around when the form filling begins!