For about 2 years I have been very keen on bees and peripherally on insects in general. Beyond that I only have a passing knowledge on the other wildlife in my garden.
Since I found that I have a Blackbird nest in my garden and that a pair of Great Tits may well be moving in to my bird box, I just need to get them to sign the release papers. I have found a small interest in birds. I feel I should know at the very least the basics!
To be fair I have been feeding the birds for years. I have been very happy to see them in my garden. But to be honest they have been used more as a tool than a garden resident, to such a degree that I found that if I wait a day between refilling the bird feeder all the birds still come to the garden but they then scrabble around in the beds for worms, grubs and, most important for me, slugs and snails.
From this I learned to tell the main few. Blackbirds, Robins and Magpies I knew from even the most casual knowledge… But that was it.
No, seriously… I know nothing about the birds I probably see every day!
I took a few pics this morning while waiting for the minion to get her act together so I could take her into college, she has hurt her foot and whined that walking for the bus would hurt too much. *sigh*
Anyway… Moving on. Morning time is feeding time here so I took advantage. I also used it as a chance to get a better idea of how to use the wife’s camera.
I got a couple of good pics and a shedload of crap ones.
For the longest time I thought all the smaller birds in my garden were blue tits.
One my earliest ‘friends’ in the garden. I had one literally follow me around all day a few years ago while I was doing some redesign work. I thought (s?)he was being curious… I found out later it was only there for the worms.
I felt cheated. >.>
I see this bird a fair bit… More and more common now than it used to be. No clue what it is.Identified by Heretherebespiders in the comments. It appears to be a Dunnock. Thank you! B-)
Related to the urban sky rats that plague city centres all over, these are actually not so bad. Big, slow and noisy? – Yes… But, for me at least, not the pest that others seem to think they are. I only ever have one family in the area at a time so they don’t dominate the ground or scare off other birds. It’s the Magpies that do that!
I also have a Collared Dove that visits on occasion but not while I had the camera out. Again, not the problem for us that others seem to suffer.
I didn’t see any Blackbirds or Magpies. The Blackbirds don’t come near the feeder and I was too late to catch them bathing in the pond. The Magpies drop in as and when… I don’t think they have a set time.
And then we come to the ‘problem kids’… Those special little guys that have to ruin it for everyone. I’m talking about Great Tits, yes the very ones that may be taking the bird box.
These buggers waste so much feed it’s not real. I actually think there may be a collaboration between them and the Wood pigeons and Magpies. They flick it out and the bigger birds come in a hoover it all up later on. I wonder what the smaller birds get out of it? O.o
These were/are also responsible for rats being attracted to my garden on more than one occasion. They would come in for the scattered seed and scare off anything smaller than the Magpie. Even then I saw one standing his ground… Brave thing.
For a long while these buggers cost me a LOT of money. Sometimes I would go through a feeder full of seed in a *day*. I’d get a catcher tray for sitting underneath but they throw it so wise I doubt it would work!.
In the summer I get other birds visiting but it’s a little early for them yet. I also, on very rare occasions get visits by a Goshawk. When they turn up I tend to have to clean up scattered feathers. *sigh* I suppose I shouldn’t get upset at the circle of life.
Oh… And I just have to mention Isis who assisted me this morning by adding in comments about the birds as they appeared… And for not commenting on my photographic ability. B-)