Just a quick note to say that my birdwatching efforts are progressing nicely.
Ever since we started putting out niger seeds for the birds last year, we’ve had a regular gang of Goldfinches visiting the garden. They’re very good-looking birds, and they have an amazing capacity for sitting on the feeder and eating steadily for up to half an hour at a time. Well, I’m pleased to say that we have some new additions to the Goldfinch flock. This week we’ve had at least two juvenile Goldfinches coming to the feeder.
I’ve added two new species to my list. The first caused me some difficulty. I first heard its song, which was very striking, but the bird itself was perched on the top of a tall tree on a foggy day. After much poring over photographs and field guides, I’m now pretty sure that it was a Blackcap. If anyone knows differently, then please do let me know! It won’t be the first time that I’ve been embarrassed by an obvious blunder…
I saw the second new bird on Sunday. I take a walk early on Sunday mornings. I usually take a flask of tea and stop for breakfast with my back to a small copse and look out over the fields. On this Sunday I varied my routine, and sat inside the copse for a change. It was quite remarkable how many small birds appeared after I had been sitting still for ten minutes or so. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a good look at most of them, but one was unmistakable. It was a smallish brown bird with a thin, longish beak. It would fly to the bottom of a tree and then walk up the trunk, spiralling round it as it climbed. It was a Treecreeper, no doubt about it.
Again, not especially rare birds, but I’m enjoying identifying them, particularly as they’re no more than half a mile from my house. Who says you have to travel miles to tick off birds?