On the nicer days weather wise, I’ve been snapping photos of the birds. They’re gearing up for spring now!
This is a Goldfinch not wanting to share the sunflower hearts with a blue tit. The tit stood it’s ground though, and grabbed a seed and flew off to eat it in peace!
This male house sparrow has found our swift nest box and was calling for a female. We’ve had sparrows in it the past couple of years, but we had to move it a bit late last year; we had a patio cover construction put up and if the box stayed where it was we would not have been able to get to it again for cleaning and maintenance.
As the birds are prospecting, I’ve put out my nesting wool and some moss to help them with nest building.
A rare visitor for us, is a thrush, but lately we’ve been seeing this one and it seems to be hanging about for a while.
The woodpecker pops in now and then; I can’t resist taking it’s photo, it’s so pretty.
Hiding in our raspberry frame, I was close enough to get this shot of a cute blue tit.
And this one of a sparrow having a snack.
I’ve recently been reading about offering calcium for the birds in spring, to help them produce nice strong egg shells. Instead of buying oyster shell grit, I’m instead trying sterilising used chicken egg shells and crushing them for the birds. I’ll see how that goes; they don’t seem to be interested just yet.
What’s going on in your garden?
More photos of my siskins soon!