Tuesday, 18 October 2011

More wind

The Safari's first bird in the notebook this morning was a Coal Tit, far from a regular visitor although they did breed on Patch 1 only a few hundred yards away this summer. We probably only saw it because we've been able to reposition the feeder to a far better viewing location now that our Crab Apple tree has grown enough to be able to support the weight. Having found an old fat-ball feeder in the garage we might even dust that off and give it a go but last time we put them out nothing touched them - strange.
A challenging mid-morning watch through the hailstone covered window gave us a nice party of five Greenfinches, two Goldfinches, two Great Tits, at least three Blue Tits and the Coal Tit was still about. After reading about the dark billed male 'northern' Blackbirds we kept an eye on our yellow berried Pyracantha bush, next door''s red berried one has been stripped so now ours is in play as second favourite. We saw a 'normal' crocus yellow billed male, a brown winged 1st winter male and a female but are certain we had one of the dark-billed adults the other day when the Fieldfares were grounded but didn't think anything of it.
Up on the tower just one of Peregrines did its best to stay out of the worst of the weather.

Where to next? No chance of the hoped for seawatch so more of the same new feeder watching tomoz.
In the meantime let us know what's benefited from moving around in your outback.


Warren Baker said...

My garden birds dont rate the fat balls either Dave, they prefer the blocks :-)

Fylde Amphibian & Reptile Group said...

Have you tried the suet pellets? Any good?


Christian said...

The sparrows are going through a full seed feeder in two days at present, but not really bothered with the fat square.

cliff said...

Just to buck the trend, the House Sparrows & Starlings are flying through the fat balls here, with the occasional tit & Robin also seen visiting them.