Better table manners than the Goldfinches then, Bjay.
And their bibs!
just heard in the garden that clacking sound of the red wings they have arrived! I also saw in the churchyard a group of Jays sitting on a tree,they are so colourful and normally they are quite shy but I got a close view today.
I think it's the Fieldfares who make the clacking noise.
ah! well they must be in the area!
I,ve been really lucky this year, we have long tailed tits, coal tits, goldfinches, greenfinches, even had a bullfinch earlier in the year. We have an abundance of starlings which I have to say I have welcomed since reading here they are becoming endangered, but yesterday there was a redwing in the hawthorne tree . The gardens been a hive of activity I could watch them all day with their funny antics.
The blackbirds were pretty much absent from my garden all year, but suddenly this week they have all arrived, and I can also see lots of them eating my neighbours fallen apples too. I have lots of great tits and blue tits so I'll be very careful with this avian pox - luckily I have the ring-pull feeders which come completely apart and can be washed in the dishwasher so I will up that from once a month to once every other week. I've had loads of goldfinch this year but only a couple remain, and even a male and female green finch with one fledgling, which I was really happy about as they nearly died out in the last couple of years with a greenfinch specific disease. As for the starlings - they are certainly not in trouble here in Lincolnshire - I get 50 or 60 of them in my garden all day at the moment and I find them a complete pest to be honest in terms of eating all the food I put out for the other birds and covering my small garden in starling droppings It is a small consolation that I am helping a declining species, but I do hope they migrate this week!
Blackbirds have returned to my garden this week as well. I am going to attempt to put out a feeder I saw on another thread for them covering seeds with up-turned wire hanging basket to stop the wood pigeons. We have also seen a little wren, but as she was feeding in a different place I will put out some for her. Does anyone know if they will eat mealworms?
Blackbirds will definitely love the mealworms, and suet granules which I noticed that they are now selling in supermarkets. So will the robins. Not sure about the wren.
I saw on the common during the break in cold spell, a group of starlings having a lovely time in a deep puddle,they looked like they were really enjoying it,cold I would of thought but they must of longed to get rid of those mites.