Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Garden Birds

There seemed to be so many birds in the garden this morning, just for a spell at least. Another of those brief moments in time, when it seems that all the birds have been switched into feeding mode. It coincided with me sitting in my favourite spot by the glass doors leading onto the patio.

The birds were putting on a great show. The Robin was chasing a Wren, being rather a bully actually, something they are well known for, not always as cute as they appear on the Christmas cards. Each time the little Wren broke from cover to seek out some food, the Robin would appear with an aggressive attitude, intent on forcing the Wren into hiding once more.

Meanwhile the Coal Tits had come to raid the feeder again and to fly around hiding seed here, there, and everywhere. I do enjoy watching them caching food for a rainy day, I wonder if they ever come back to claim it. Perhaps they work on the assumption that if they hide away enough, then by visiting these same places when times are hard there should be enough to be found.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Blue, Great and Coal Tit influx

Following a few months which saw very few species appearing regularly in my garden, more birds are now beginning to show. Between 08:00 and 08:30 this morning, I have been watching Blue Tits, Great Tits and Coal Tits in an intense feeding attack on the cage feeder. It was great to watch this breakfast activity.

It would seem that the regular influx of these bird species that we seem to enjoy has begun. In winter, blue tits, great tits, coal tits and others will form roaming flocks which scour gardens and the countryside for food. Infact many species of small birds that do not tolerate each other throughout spring and summer, come together as a strategy for survival.