Its been a quiet week in the garden bird-wise and no new ticks for the 2011 Garden List. There are still lots of goldfinches visiting the garden - the highest count of the week was 18 perched in the whitebeam tree. Territorial skirmishes are ongoing between 2 robins. A flock of long-tailed tits forage in the garden most days with just the occasional visit to the feeders.
I keep hoping for a red admiral or bumble bee sighting - I have seen both in January in past years but no luck so far. One of the nest boxes in the garden is still receiving regular visits from a blue tit.
I have added a few more species to the General 2011 Bird List - namely, herring and lesser black-backed Gulls and a kestrel - all seen locally.
I am reading a lovely poetry book at the moment called "Tales From the Woods" by Felix Dennis - a collection of poems about trees and the countryside. The book is beautifully illustrated by Bill Sanderson and is a real delight to read.