The end of the year is close so I thought I’d do a post on some of the garden birds that have visited during the year. Since I started to keep records in May I’ve seen 21 different species.
Unfortunately I haven’t got photo’s of all of them, but here is a selection.
Blackbird = Mwyalchen in Welsh
Robins have been frequent visitors throughout the year.
Two are visiting at the moment, one is very aggressive and chases away other birds, including Chaffinches and Dunnocks. It seems to draw the line at Greenfinches!
The Robin is the first bird to appear each morning, coming to the feeder before it gets light.
House sparrows are only occasioinal visitors. A few years ago they would probably have been the most common, but not now.
Goldfinches are regular visitors. The one above didn’t seem intimidated by the Blackbird.
The Great spotted woodpecker is a recent visitor, but he seems to enjoy the fat balls!
Magpies are not frequent visitors, but call in occasionally.
Like – wise the Mistle thrushes are not frequent visitors, but maybe they’ll become more regular now they’ve eaten most of the berries!
The Rook was a regular visitor earlier in the year, and occasionally brought a juvenile along, which waited to be fed.
The Jackdaws are regular visitors, hardly missing a day. It’s rare to see one on it’s own like this, they usually move around in gangs and often 5, 6 or 7 will arrive together.
The Collared doves are also frequent visitors. During the summer there were usually 4 of them, sometimes more, but now it’s the same pair who arrive each morning.
Chaffinches (Ji Pinc in Welsh) are regular visitors too. There are more of them now than during the summer. Maybe some are visiting from Europe.
There are always a lot of Herring gulls around, we are close to the river and only a few miles from the sea.
It’s rare to see them in the garden though, just the occasional visitor pops in.
Coal tits and Blue tits are probably the most frequent visitors, and during the summer I couldn’t keep up with them. The seed feeder had to be filled every day!
They are not as active now, but still appear every day and visit the feeders more than any others.
There were a pair of Nuthatches visiting until quite recently, now they rarely appear. I have only seen one in the last few weeks.
Greenfinches appear regularly, though not as many of them come into the garden now as they did in the summer.
Dunnocks rarely miss a day, though they are more frequent visitors now than they were during the summer.
This Fieldmouse, there were 2 of them actually, used to visit often. I haven’t seem them for a few weeks now.
The pesky grey squirrel also visits fequently, and will try to get onto the seed feeders and peanut feeders.
The less frequent visitors have been Song thrushes, Wrens and a Pied wagtail.
Great tits are very frequent visitors too.
I think 21 different species is not bad in 7 months, and I’m now looking forward to the next 12 months to see if I can add to the list.