The cold snowy weather is resulting in more birds visiting the feeders. A Goldcrest has been feeding on fat balls for the last couple of days.
A dreadful photo (too far away and too tiny and very heavily cropped!) but if you click on it to enlarge you will just be able to see its a Goldcrest - I hope :)
The lone Fieldfare is still defending its little patch of apples having skirmishes with Mistle and Song Thrush (new garden species for this year). This afternoon he/she must have been feeling rather harrassed as it was surrounded by nine Wood Pigeons feeding and refusing to let the Fieldfare frighten them off. Also pleased to see Coal Tit and Greenfinch returning to the feeders for the first time this year.
Tonight six Wrens tried to roost in the hanging basket but the last one had a problem squeezing in so the last two to arrive flew off closely followed by two others. The latter two later returned so I think there are just the four roosting again. We have put up some roosting pouches round the garden so I hope the other two Wrens or the Goldcrest have found these.
I finally caught up with Waxwings two days ago near my mother's Nursing Home. I spotted a flock of 10 birds in a tree and I just knew they weren't starlings. Did a rapid roundabout turn and spotted the crests on the birds. Managed to park very close (on a bus stop!) and get good views as they flew into a nearby hedge feeding on berries. I hadn't got the camera with me so I've "cheated" a bit here and this is a photo I took when I found some locally two years ago. I have been back since with the camera but no sign of the Waxwings - they appear to have been displaced by a huge flock of Fieldfares.
Cole End Park Local Nature Reserve, Coleshill.
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